There was no exact timetable for Conklin's return, but he and
coach Craig MacTavish both said it wouldn't keep him out for an
"The preliminary word I got is that it's not that long,"
Conklin stopped 12 of 14 shots in the first, and was replaced by
Tommy Salo for the final two periods. The initial diagnosis was a
jammed right hand, but X-rays revealed the broken bones. Conklin
said he had no idea how it happened.
"It was a bit sore and then all of a sudden I was having a hard
time hanging onto my stick," he said. "It was just kind of
Conklin, in his first full NHL season, is 11-11-4 with one
"He's been the difference in our games, so it'll be a big
loss," teammate Ethan Moreau said.
On Saturday, the Oilers recalled goaltender Michael Morrison from the Toronto Roadrunners of the AHL. Morrison is 10-6-2 with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in 21 games with Toronto this season.