Oilers defenceman Vincent Desharnais on the ice.
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Oilers receive the worst news on Vincent Desharnais injury

Published March 17, 2024 at 1:13 PM

Last night against the Colorado Avalanche, Oilers defenceman Vincent Desharnais got in a heavy hitting fight with Josh Manson in the second period. He then missed the entire third, and after the game, Coach Knoblauch revealed that he'd be evaluated for a significant injury. Now, reports are emerging that confirm the worst case secanrio - Desharnais has a broken finger.

Operation blogger BaggedMilk was the first to report the broken finger for Desharnais. A broken finger typically takes up to six weeks to heal, but sometimes NHL players can return in as little as 4 weeks. With the playoffs set to begin April 22nd, Desharnais will be closing in on a return to the lineup for game 1, or later in the series.

Losing Desharnais for the stretch run is certainly a tough break for the team, and will seriously test their depth defence and their new acquisition in Troy Stetcher. If another defenceman goes down with an injury or the team chooses to carry an extra, it's becoming possible that the team could recall prospect Philip Broberg from the Condors. He's had an incredible AHL season after rescinding his trade request earlier this year, and is expected to earn a roster spot out of training camp next year.

The Oilers and their fans will definitely miss their big monster in Desharnais on the back end. Hopefully, he's able to return for the playoffs.
March 17   |   495 answers
Oilers receive the worst news on Vincent Desharnais injury

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