Basically, here’s the deal with Oscar Moller’s shoulder…
He got hit in the World Juniors game against Russia and left the game with a sore shoulder. They looked at it, but both Moller and team officials thought Moller had simply aggravated an existing injury involving the shoulder joint. They did NOT take x-rays on the shoulder, and Moller played in the final two games with minimal pain (according to Moller). He came back to the Kings, skated in one practice and had enough discomfort that he went for x-rays, which showed that he had fractured his clavicle. Moller will be out until at least the all-star break. I got to catch up with Moller today to ask about the tournament and the injury…
Question: Some mixed emotions from the World Juniors? You had a great tournament but then you get hurt and come up a little short in the gold-medal game…
MOLLER: “It was fun, and it’s great to be back. Obviously I thought it was a great experience for me to be there, and a great time. I got to play tons and be one of the leaders, and I think that was good for me. Obviously it sucked that we didn’t get the gold. We really wanted that bad, and then on top of that I hurt my shoulder. I didn’t know it was a fracture until I got back and they took x-rays.”
Question: At the time of the injury, how seriously did you think you had hurt it?
MOLLER: “I thought it was an old injury that I had before and just hurt again. I thought I was fine, because I thought I knew what it was. So I thought, `I can play with this,’ and they just taped me up.”
Question: So they didn’t take any x-rays or anything after that game?
MOLLER: “No. We didn’t think about it as a fracture. They just thought it was an old injury.”
Question: Were you playing in a lot of pain?
MOLLER: “No. It was not bad, actually.”
Question: Being the captain of that Sweden team is obviously a high honor. What do you take away from that experience?
MOLLER: “Just to always show the right attitude, no matter what game it is or what the score is, help out with everything around, talk in the dressing room and make sure everyone is on the same page and help the younger guys, push them in the right direction.”
Question: Reading the quotes, you seemed pretty upset after the gold-medal game…
MOLLER: “Yeah, the second year in a row too, and it was the last chance for me. I just felt terrible after the game.”
Question: Are you able to put it in some perspective now, and be pleased with the tournament in general?
MOLLER: “Yeah, I’m starting to look back at it right now and see that it was a great time. It was a good tournament for me and our team as well.”