Oilers' Gagner sidelined with minor concussion Staff

12/5/2008 10:41:21 PM

Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner suffered a minor concussion in Wednesday's win over the Dallas Stars and did not play in Friday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Gagner suffered a minor concussion when he was hit by Dallas Stars defenceman Nicklas Grossman during Wednesday's game. He was helped off the ice but returned to finish the game. He is listed as day-to-day.

''After the hit, my head wasn't hurting, so I didn't think anything was wrong,'' Gagner told the Edmonton Sun. ''It was just that everything slowed down for me.

''That last goal, the play developed a little slower, so it was easy for me to make the play, but before that, the quick plays were tougher for me to make. But (Friday), I feel a little bit better, so hopefully it'll be a gradual progression and I'll be back soon.''

Marc Pouliot took his place on the roster Friday night and skated on a line with Andrew Cogliano and Rob Schremp.

Oilers' head coach Craig MacTavish is concerned for Gagner's health and hopes to have him back in the lineup soon.

'''He had some symptoms that you have to be very cautious with. If you see the hit, he took a pretty significant blow to the head,'' MacTavish told the Edmonton Sun. ''Hopefully it won't be a long period of time, but we'll be very patient with this and we'll see how he does.''