Benoit Pouliot blocked a shot in the second period against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night and hobbled to the bench. Shortly thereafter, he hobbled down the runway to the locker room. Shortly after that, the Oilers tweeted:
Benoit Pouliot (broken foot) will be sidelined indefinitely.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 22, 2014
In his "Finding a Place For Luke Gazdic" article, Ryan couldn't fit the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together:
I don't think there is a credible case to be made that he's a better option than either Hendricks or Joensuu on the fourth line, especially not when you consider how the fourth line has been used this season. And although there are a great many things wrong with this version of the Oilers - depth at centre, the defence, and the sub .900 goaltending we've been treated to thus far this season - his playing five minutes a night does nothing to address those deficiencies. The simple reality is that there is not a good reason to alter the lineup in order to get Gazdic any playing time.
Thankfully, now he doesn't have to find a reason.
Gazdic is what he is, a tough guy. He's a good enough fighter, unfortunately for the Oilers when he's asked to do anything else (and even when he only plays just five minutes a night he is occasionally asked to do more than fight) things don't go well for the the guys in blue and orange.
Let the Luke Gazdic experience begin anew.