Oilers place goalie Mike Smith on long-term injured reserve

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Mike Smith on long-term injury reserve, and have re-assigned Olivier Rodrigue to the club's taxi squad, pending quarantine protocols.

Edmonton announced both transaction on Friday, but did not elaborate on Smith's injury.

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Smith was supposed to start Thursday's game at home against the Vancouver Canucks but was declared inactive, forcing Mikko Koskinen into back-to-back starts.

Smith and Koskinen were expected to split duties in the Oilers net this season. Edmonton re-signed the 38-year-old Smith to a one-year contract in the off-season.

Rodrigue had been with the Graz99ers of the Austrian National League.

The 20-year-old Rodrigue was drafted 62nd overall by Edmonton in 2018.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published January 15, 2021.

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