Andrej Sekera was held out of the final two games of the Oilers / Ducks series. Today, we found out why. Sekera sustained a torn ACL after a hit from Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, and he’ll be out for quite a while. He’ll have surgery on his affected knee on Thursday, and he’s been given a recovery timetable of six to nine months.
Six months from now would put Sekera at about mid-November. That’s not too far along into the season, but that’s far enough to impact a dozen or so games. Throw this out to December or January and that’s half the season that the Oilers are missing one of their top two defencemen. That’s certainly a cause for concern.
DOES THIS CHANGE ANYTHING FOR THE OILERS?
If I had to guess, I’d say probably not, though it ought to. When news of Sekera’s injury broke, it seemed to push the needle even further to re-sign Kris Russell.
Andrej Sekera tearing his ACL on Getzlaf hit will put him out until at least Nov. 15 if 6-9 mos recovery, so have to resign Russell for sure— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) May 16, 2017
HOW IT LOOKS WITHOUT SEKERA
Klefbom / Larsson
xxxxxxxx / Benning
Nurse / Gryba (UFA)
I purposely left Russell off the second pair. I can think of a few other options I can spend 3MM+ on to plug in that 2LD space. Three years of Kris Russell isn’t one of them. Mark Fayne can play if Eric Gryba walks. If they offer Gryba a deal, I think he’s still here.
Later on tonight, I’ll dissect Chiarelli’s end of year media meeting and touch upon some of the key points. For now, Sekera will certainly miss some time next season, and it would behoove the Oilers to look at an option or two.