Add Sheldon Souray's name to the growing list of Edmonton Oilers who have been sidelined for the rest of the season.
The Edmonton defenceman revealed Tuesday that he is done for the remainder of the 2007-08 NHL campaign after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder late last week.
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray (No. 44) has been ruled out for the rest of the NHL season.
(Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)
Souray joins left-winger Raffi Torres (torn knee ligament) and centre Shawn Horcoff (left shoulder), who were recently ruled out for the rest of the season for the Oilers.
"It's not an ideal situation for anyone, especially under the circumstances that I came here under, how I injured it and stuff like that," Souray said. "But it's one of those things that needed to be fixed — and sooner rather than later so this doesn't carry on into next year."
Souray tried to play through the pain, but ended up aggravating the joint.
"Playing through it, it's like ripping your jeans," he said. "Every time you play and something happens, it just opens it a bit more."
Souray said he would begin an intensive rehab program after following up with his surgeon next month.
A native of Elk Point, Alta., Souray suffered the original injury — a second-degree sprain — in a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks last Oct. 13, and has missed a total of 29 games due to the injury this season.
Souray said this injury was not related to his previous shoulder problems, but that he might have pushed himself too hard to return to action.
"Having previous injuries didn't really have anything to do with it, but the re-hab lenth, I think, did," Souray said. "Coming back to play probably a little bit sooner than I should have, injuring it again — a different injury but still the same shoulder … Without getting too specific there are probably three or four things that were wrong in there."
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said the team has no choice but to continue on without Souray.
"It's frustrating but I believe today, like I always believe, that if we go in there and play a good game, we win the game tonight," MacTavish said.
"Injuries are something you have to overcome. It sounds like a broken record, but until somebody gives me some better advice to handle them, that's the way we're going to handle them."
Souray joined the Oilers as a free agent in the off-season, signing a five-year, $27-million contract.
He has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 26 games this season.