Oilers' York out indefinitely

Updated: January 28, 2004, 3:50 PM ET

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton Oilers leading scorer Mike York will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking a finger in Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

York was forechecking deep in Colorado's zone in the second period when he took a clearing attempt off his left hand, fracturing the index finger. He was to have it re-examined Wednesday.

The Oilers placed York on injured reserve Wednesday and recalled left wing Jani Rita and center Mike Bishai from Toronto of the American Hockey League.

While playing in all 51 of Edmonton's games this season, York has 15 goals and 22 assists for a team-best 37 points. Centering the team's top line, York also has a plus-15 rating, second on the team to linemate Radek Dvorak.

The shortest player on the team at 5-10, York is in his second full season with Edmonton after being acquired from the New York Rangers in March 2002. The 26-year-old from Massachusetts has 97 goals and 133 assists in 364 NHL games.