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Hemsky Out, Potulny and Reddox up on Emergency Recall?

As Derek noted in the Fanshot, the Oilers have called up both Ryan Potulny and Liam Reddox to Edmonton.  Presumably they've been recalled largely because of their work last season since both Potulny (3-5-8 -3 in 14 games) and especially Reddox (3-1-4 -9 in 13 games) have struggled so far this year.  The Falcons leading scorer, Charles Linglet (5-11-16 +8 in 14 games) currently has an AHL only contract and the Oilers must not have wanted to give him an NHL deal.  Chris Minard (9-4-13 +6 in 11 games) just picked a really bad time to get injured.

The transaction itself is quite interesting.  I have not seen any mention that Potulny and Reddox cleared re-entry waivers which means they've probably been recalled on an emergency basis (players do not need to go through waivers if they're recalled on an emergency basis).  The only way an NHL team can use an emergency recall on a forward is if they have less than 12 healthy forwards.  In this case, one would think that the Oilers have ten healthy forwards since they called up two guys.  With the news that Shawn Horcoff (shoulder), Ales Hemsky (shoulder?) and J.F. Jacques (back) all did not take the plane to Denver they are down to eleven but not ten.  The practice lines suggest that Steve MacIntyre will not be in the lineup and, to the best of my knowledge, he isn't injured.  If what I've outlined here is all true then I'm pleased that the Oilers have found a way to dance around the rules to get MacIntyre out of the lineup.  However, as soon as one regular forward is ready to play, both of Potulny and Reddox will need to be sent down and MacIntyre will be inserted into the lineup.  That is, unless the Oilers put someone through re-entry waivers.

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