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Hjalmarsson out; Coyotes re-assign Domingue and recall Hanley

New York Islanders' John Tavares (91) fights for control of the puck with Arizona Coyotes' Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Arizona Coyotes announced Tuesday they had re-assigned goaltender Louis Domingue to the AHL and recalled defenseman Joel Hanley.

Additionally, defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is out with an upper-body injury. His timetable for return is unknown, and Adam Clendening will be in the lineup on Tuesday at Detroit in Hjalmarsson’s absence, according 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Craig Morgan.

Hjalmarsson left the game Monday night as the Coyotes picked up their first win of the season.

“He got banged up pretty good,” head coach Rick Tocchet told Morgan on Tuesday. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out. It’s a big loss for us.”

Meanwhile, Domingue heads to the Tucson Roadrunners after clearing waivers on Monday, which was required for him to be eligible to return to the AHL.

The Coyotes are soon expecting the return of starting goaltender Antti Raanta, who has played only three games this season due to a lower-body injury. The team also acquired netminder Scott Wedgewood on Saturday in a trade and recalled goalie Hunter Miska.

Domingue played in seven games for the Coyotes this season (four starts) and went 0-6 with an .856 save percentage.

The call-up of Hanley adds to the Coyotes’ defensive depth with the loss of Hjalmarsson. Arizona is already without defenseman Jakob Chychrun this year as he underwent knee surgery to repair an offseason injury. Chychrun has resumed skating, but a timetable for his return is still uncertain.

In parts of two NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Hanley has appeared in 17 games with no goals and six assists, as well as a -3 plus-minus rating.  He had no goals and four assists in seven games with the Roadrunners this year.


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