By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun
It ain't easy being Green.
If nothing else, Oiler winger Josh Green has a firm lock on the 2000-
2001 Hard Luck Award.
He misses the first 40 games of the season while recovering from
surgery on his left shoulder, and then two games after he returns to
action, what happens?He dislocates his right shoulder.
"When it rains it pours,'' sighed the 23-year-old Camrose native. "I
was just starting to come around and then I get a setback like this.
It's kind of tough to take.''
Green was well on his way back. Assigned to Hamilton for a three-
game conditioning stint, he'd scored in each of his first two
outings. But a scrap at the tail end of his second game proved
"One of the Syracuse guys kneed one of our guys and I went after
him,'' said Green of Saturday night's AHL contest. "Then somebody
grabbed me from behind in the scrum and I twisted my shoulder kind of
funny and out it went.
"It was a freak kind of thing, and then I couldn't get it back in
right away. It probably took the doctors about 15 minutes to shove it
back in. Now I'm in a sling and I'll just have to wait for the
swelling to go down and then have an MRI.''
He's out for two or three weeks at least - like Mike Grier just was -
perhaps longer, depending on further examination. And the risk of re-
dislocation is very high. Grier's shoulder has popped out in two of
the three games since he's come back.
It's an awful break for a local kid who's already had to watch too
many games from the press box.
"I was feeling really confident out there, getting a lot of chances.
It's pretty frustrating.''
Green came to the Oilers along with Eric Brewer in a draft day trade
last summer for Roman Hamrlik. The six-foot-four, 212-pounder had 12
goals and 14 assists in 49 games with the Islanders last year.