Oiler defenceman Ladislav Smid has the swine flu. Read on in this story from the Canadian Press.....
The Edmonton Oilers have confirmed that defenceman Ladislav Smid has swine flu.
The Oilers made the announcement Tuesday night after their 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Smid played 19 minutes and 47 seconds against the Avalanche.
The Oilers believe he is the only player on the team to have caught the H1N1 virus.
The 23-year-old native of the Czech Republic has four assists in 12 games with Edmonton this season.
Earlier Tuesday, the Avalanche confirmed that backup goaltender Peter Budaj had been diagnosed with swine flu. Budaj didn't accompany the Avalanche for the start of their four-game road trip, though he hopes to rejoin the team before it returns home.
This story makes it sound as if Smid played last night even though the team knew he had H1N1. If that is indeed the case, how wrong is this? I am no medical genius, but I would think this is not the right thing to do when it comes to possibly infecting others. The Oilers really need to explain themselves if indeed they allowed Smid to play knowing what he had.