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Oilers’ Mike Smith Injured… Yet Again

Mike Smith is out for the Edmonton Oilers, yet again, as he’s now sidelined for as many as two weeks with a partial thumb tear.

According to the Edmonton Oilers, via comments from head coach Dave Tippett, goaltender Mike Smith is, once again, on the shelf. This time, an MRI on his thumb revealed the veteran netminder has a partial tear in a tendon and will need another one or two weeks to recover.

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This is just another development in a long line of injuries that have plagued Smith since he re-signed a two-year contract extension with the Oilers this summer. Concerns over his age and health risks are becoming far too real for the Oilers who can’t seem to keep Smith in the lineup. If it’s not one thing, it’s another and there’s real concern now that he’ll never be well enough to be reliable as a starter while the Oilers try to compete for a playoff spot this season.

With the news, the Oilers will continue to run with a combination of Mikko Koskinen and one of their rookies. The plan is to bring up Stuart Skinner from Bakersfield of the AHL and the team is awaiting COVID test results. Goaltending prospect Ilya Konovalov is scheduled to come out of COVID protocol tomorrow and to say the least, the Oilers’ goaltending situation is fluid.

Mike Smith Edmonton Oilers
Mike Smith Edmonton Oilers

At some point, one has to wonder when the Oilers will give up on the idea of ever getting a healthy Smith back. It was said in a Tuesday media avail by GM Ken Holland that he doesn’t plan to make big roster changes and wants the improvement for the team to come from within.

If Smith can never find a rhythm, perhaps the Oilers putting faith in the rookie is the better option and Skinner is the goalie to run with.

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