Klinkhammer was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Tuesday.
Connor McDavid was officially activated off the injured reserve Tuesday, so Klinkhammer was sent down in a corresponding move to clear a roster spot. The 29-year-old had just one point in 14 NHL games this season, though he's had more success in limited time in the AHL, notching four points (three goals) in three games on the year.
Klinkhammer skated 10:40, collecting two penalty minutes and five hits in his return from AHL Bakersfield.
After starting the game on the second line alongside Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Eberle, Klinkhammer was quickly demoted after the trio showed no chemistry on the ice. Though 'Klink' went scoreless in his return, he threw his weight around quite a bit and played an average game on the fourth line. Though he had a strong showing in Bakersfield, with three goals and one assist through four games, don't expect Klinkhammer to find the same success here in the big leagues, where he has yet to surpass the one-goal mark this year.
Klinkhammer was recalled by the Oilers on Tuesday.
With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins expected to be sidelined for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a hand injury, the Oilers are in desperate need of additional depth at forward. Klinkhammer, who has tallied a single goal in 13 games with Edmonton this season, will give the Oilers' some additional depth up front, and will occasionally slot into the lineup as a bottom-six forward when called upon.
Klinkhammer cleared waivers and was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Friday.
The 29-year old, who once scored 11 goals in a season, has struggled for the Oilers this year, registering a single goal in 13 games. Barring future injuries to Oilers' forwards, Klinkhammer will likely remain in the AHL for a while, especially with the upcoming return of Connor McDavid.
Klinkhammer has been waived by the Oilers with the intent to ultimately assign him to AHL Bakersfield.
Klinkhammer will be on waivers for a 24-hour period in which other teams can try to claim the winger. If there are no takers for the imposing 29-year-old during that window, then he will stay within the Oilers' organization and be sent to the minors.
Klinkhammer, who was activated from injured reserve Friday after dealing with an ankle injury, will be in the lineup against the Coyotes on Saturday.
Klinkhammer has not played since Oct. 27. Of course, his ice time has been sporadic even when healthy. This season he logged 17:20 of ice time in a date with the Kings, but Klinkhammer had four other showings where he was on the ice for less than 10 minutes. He'll crack the scoresheet once in a blue moon but Klinkhammer, at 6-foot-3, 214 pounds, mostly helps the Oilers by moving his large frame in front of opponents.
Klinkhammer was activated off injured reserve Thursday.
Klinkhammer seems set to rejoin the lineup Thursday, though the team hasn't officially announced as such at this point. He indicated during an interview Wednesday that he was close after practicing with the team over the last few days, and the veteran winger will finally get a chance to dress for just the ninth time this season. The team should provide an updated lineup during rushes, at which point Klinkhammer's place among the lines should be revealed, though it will almost certainly be among the bottom six if he's even in the lineup.
Klinkhammer indicated in an interview Wednesday that he's close to rejoining the lineup.
Klinkhammer has been practicing recently, but has yet to rejoin the lineup. He didn't rule out a potential return to the lineup Thursday, but it appeared as though he didn't seem too optimistic about it either, stating "I'm not sure. I'll have to the docs and talk to the coaches about that. It's close though." An update on his status should be provided before Thursday's contest though, confirming one way or the other.
Klinkhammer (ankle) will not be in the lineup Thursday when the Oilers face the Blackhawks on the road, nor is he likely to play against the Avalanche on Saturday.
Klinkhammer was activated from injured reserve Tuesday, only to tweak his ankle again later that night against the Rangers. Without Klinkhammer's big body -- he's 6-foot-3, 214 pounds -- on the left wing, the Oilers could have trouble plugging lanes in their own zone.
Klinkhammer appeared to re-injure his ankle late in Tuesday's game, the Edmonton Sun's Derek Van Diest reports.
There is nothing official from the team regarding Klinkhammer re-injuring the ankle, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. The Oilers next take the ice Thursday against the Blackhawks.
Klinkhammer (lower body) was activated from the Injured Reserve list on Tuesday.
Klinkhammer has not played since sustaining the lower-body injury Oct. 27. Prior to that, the 29-year-old forward had played in seven contests and notched one goal for the Oilers. Klinkhammer could possibly return for Tuesday night's matchup against the Rangers.
Klinkhammer (lower body) isn't ready to rejoin the lineup yet, play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reports.
While Klinkhammer isn't ready to return as of yet, he did practice Sunday and appears to be closing in. While he hasn't been officially ruled out Monday at this point, it certainly seems as thought that will be the case. If it is, the winger's next chance to return would then come Tuesday against the Rangers.
Klinkhammer (lower body) took part in morning skate Wednesday, Tom Gazzola of Oilers TV reports.
Klinkhammer has been out since being placed on injured reserve in late October. It appears the winger could be close to returning, but he may need more practice time before getting back on the ice.
Klinkhammer (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Klinkhammer suffered the injury in Tuesday's tilt against the Wild after he was hit into the boards by one of Minnesota's defenseman and awkwardly landed on his left knee. The Oilers recalled Tyler Pitlick on Wednesday, who will occupy Klinkhammer's spot on Edmonton's 23-man roster until he's healthy. Klinkhammer will be eligible to return to game action Nov. 6 against the Penguins.
Klinkhammer left Tuesday's game with a lower body injury and will not return, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Klinkhammer was hit into the boards by one of the Wild's defenseman and looked to have awkwardly landed on his left knee. It's currently unclear how severe of an injury it is, but he'll have to take the rest of the night off. Until we hear more on the injury, consider him questionable for Thursday's outing with the Canadiens.
Klinkhammer skated on the top line with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in practice Thursday, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports.
While the newly recalled Andrew Miller was considered to be on the first line entering Wednesday's game, he ended up playing just 8:28 in that contest. Klinkhammer was still stuck in third-line duties, but he'll have a golden opportunity to get his first points of the year if he retains the assignment for Friday's game against Washington.
Klinkhammer (paternity) was on the ice for the Oilers' morning skate and will be back in the lineup Friday against the Wild, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.Klinkhammer missed the Oilers' previous two games while awaiting the birth of his first child. After taking some time to be with the newborn -- and inking a one-year extension with the Oilers -- Klinkhammer will reclaim a spot on the team's fourth line, joining Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon.
Klinkhammer (paternity) agreed to a one-year, $725,000 extension with the Oilers on Friday, Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED reports.
Klinkhammer (personal) will remain out of the lineup Wednesday against the Bruins, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.Klinkhammer will miss his second straight game as he takes time off to be with his newborn child. Matt Hendricks is expected to replace him on the Oilers' fourth line. Klinkhammer's next chance to play will come Friday against the Wild.
Klinkhammer won't play Monday for the Oilers, according to the Oilers web site.Klinkhammer has left the team to await the birth of his first child. We wish nothing but the best of luck to the Klinkhammer family.
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