‘Yotes Notes: Mike Smith day-to-day with left leg injury
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said goalie Mike Smith is day-to-day with a lower body (left leg) injury suffered in Tuesday’s 7-4 loss in Ottawa. Smith’s left leg appeared to bend underneath him as he reached for a puck, and he immediately grabbed for the leg once he was down on the ice. He had to be helped off.
“He had some tests done today but we are waiting on the results of those,” coach Dave Tippett told reporters in Montreal after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s up and around moving so that’s a positive sign, but we’ll wait until we get the tests back.”
The Coyotes recalled Justin Peters from Tucson’s American Hockey League team on an emergency basis, and he practiced with the team on Wednesday in Montreal. Tippett said Louis Domingue would get the nod against the Canadiens on Thursday.
“He’s done this before,” Tippett said. “He’s a veteran of jumping in and being the lead guy for a team when a goaltender goes down. It’s great that it starts in his hometown tomorrow night.”
Domingue played 39 games last season, most of them after Smith went down with a core muscle injury that required surgery.
Tippett said Peters might play at some point on this trip, depending on how Domingue plays. Losing Smith so early is not ideal, but Tippett said the team shouldn’t use it as an excuse.
“Hopefully, it’s not too bad and he doesn’t miss an extended period of time,” Tippett said. “You’ve got to move on. Injuries happen. You never like to see them happen but they happen. It’s how your team responds around it that can dictate outcomes.”
CATCHING UP WITH BURKIE
Sean Burke got so used to working two jobs for the Coyotes as an executive and goalie coach he figured he’d just keep doing it once he left the organization.
Burke will lead Team Canada’s European scouting network on player selections, and work with Scott Salmond, the vice-president of hockey operations and national teams for Hockey Canada, on selecting team staff. Burke will be in Europe five times before Christmas and just helped finalize Canada’s roster for the Deutschland Cup, which begins in early November in Germany.
In September, Burke also signed on as a pro scout for the Montreal Canadiens, who host the Coyotes on Thursday. Burke said his duties would be to scout the Western teams. The primary teams are the Coyotes, L.A. Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, but he will also attend games for the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, while scouting those teams’ AHL affiliates.
“It’s a big commitment,” said Burke, who still lives in the Valley. “Between the two, I think I’m home three days in all of November.
“I’m happy it works out this way, though, because as busy as it is, it allows me to manage teams, put together staffs and build teams while still staying current with the NHL. I’m honored to be part of the Canadiens and an Original Six organization.”
Burke would still like to be an NHL executive one day, and the experience he is gaining in these areas will help, but he has more immediate concerns between roster construction, player evaluation and the next Winter Olympics in 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
“If the NHL does not go then I’m looking at building teams for that tournament and evaluating whether those players would be fort for the Olympics,” he said. “I think I’m adding some layers to my experience and they’re good layers — they’re not really opportunities I’ve had in the past. You don’t know where that’s going to lead but if nothing else, it certainly puts me in a position with a lot of experience.”
Former Coyotes forward David Moss announced his retirement on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Moss played nine NHL seasons split between Calgary (six) and Arizona (three) and had been playing this year in the Swiss league for Biel.
In 501 NHL games, he had 78 goals and 178 points. His best season came with Calgary in 2008-09 when he had 20 goals and 39 points.
Moss said Wednesday morning that he would live in Michigan with his wife, Erin, and their son, Henry, “joining the real world in a few weeks working for Dell. I’ll also be helping coach my old high school hockey team and most importantly enjoying family life.”
— The Coyotes placed left wing Jamie McGinn on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 5. The move could provide more roster flexibility as Michael Stone (knee) and Jarred Tinordi (suspension) get closer to returning to the lineup.
Coyotes at Canadiens
When: 4 p.m., Thursday
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal
TV: FOX Sports Arizona
Radio: ESPN 620 AM
Records: Arizona 1-1; Montreal 2-0-1
Injury report: Arizona — G Mike Smith (left leg) is day-to-day. LW Jamie McGinn (upper body) is day-to-day. D Michael Stone (knee) is on the injured non-roster list. Montreal — G Carey Price (flu) is questionable. He practiced Wednesday.
Scouting the Canadiens: Al Montoya earned his first shutout in nearly three years as Montreal beat Pittsburgh, 4-0, on Tuesday. … D Jeff Petry leads what has been a balanced attack with four points (two goals). … The Canadiens were widely criticized for an offseason trade that sent D P.K. Subban (27) to Nashville for D Shea Weber (31). Weber (two assists) has been playing on the team’s top defensive pairing.
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