Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker had his spleen removed. That deserves a massive 'ouch.'
The report comes from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic who talked with Yotes general manager Don Maloney. Boedker had played in 257 straight games before the issue, which occurred in a Sunday game against the Jets.
The surgery was successful, and Boedker is expected to be fine, the team said. He remains in Winnipeg but could return to Arizona in the next two to three days, Maloney said.
A timeline for a return could be in the four-to-six week range, Maloney said.
"It's not like he can jump on the ice and return to Philadelphia (next Tuesday)," Maloney said. "These take anywhere from three to four to five to six weeks depending on how people recover from surgery."
The timing of the injury in the actual game seems unclear. The below is from an earlier story in The Republic:
"He got hit and seemed like he was bothered a little bit but then kept playing a little bit but then just got to the point he was struggling and went off," coach Dave Tippett said. "Now they'll continue to evaluate him and see where he's going to be at."
Hearing about spleen removal is not for the faint of heart. It's just... gross. I mean, you're out a piece of someone's body.
Anyway, it's not like losing Boedker, who had 28 points in 45 games, is a reason to commence a fire sale for Arizona. They've already hit 'irrecoverable mess' status for this season. And they've also been rumored to be involved in some trades.
But ultimately, having Mike Smith as Arizona's goaltender will keep success stagnant if not in reverse. So yeah, losing Boedker really just creates a greater possibility the Coyotes could somehow beat out Edmonton and Buffalo for the services of Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid. We can only hope.
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