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Report: Coyotes’ Max Domi to have surgery on hand, could miss up to 6 weeks

Arizona Coyotes left wing Max Domi (16) pleads his case after being whistled for a penalty against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that Coyotes left wing Max Domi will have surgery on his hand and could miss up to six weeks. Coyotes GM John Chayka declined to comment on the report on Sunday.

The Coyotes placed the second-year forward on injured reserve Saturday morning with what they termed an upper-body injury and listed him as week-to-week with an emphasis on a longer recovery period. Domi left Thursday’s loss to Calgary late in the second period after fighting the Flames’ Garnet Hathaway. He left the ice with a cut under his left eye, leading to speculation he might have suffered a concussion, but Domi was spotted running through the hallway at Gila River Arena on Saturday night.

To replace his roster spot, the Coyotes recalled center Laurent Dauphin from Tucson of the AHL on Saturday, and the team also claimed forward Josh Jooris off waivers from the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Jooris has a goal and two points in 12 games this season. The 26-year-old Burlington, Ontario native has 17 goals and 39 points in 131 career NHL games with the Rangers and Calgary Flames. He had a career-high 12 goals and 24 points in 60 games with the Flames in 2014-15.

“Josh is a versatile, right shot forward that provides optionality for our coaching staff,” Chayka said. “He creates depth for our organization and we’re excited to see what he can do with the opportunity.”

The Coyotes still do not know if they will have newly acquired center Peter Holland for Monday’s game in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. Holland, who was playing in Toronto, was still sorting out his work visa issues and Chayka said there has been no word yet on whether that is complete.

There was also no update on defenseman Connor Murphy, who left Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury. Murphy did not accompany the team to start its four-game road trip but could join the Coyotes later in the trip.

When asked after Thursday’s game if having one of his star players — Domi — engage in fights was a concern, coach Dave Tippett shook his head.

“Max has got to play the way he plays,” Tippett said. “He’s a hard player. You’d never like to see anybody get hurt, but Max has got to play hard.”

In 26 games this season, Domi has five goals and a team-high 11 assists. He is second on the team in points with 16 to Radim Vrbata’s 18.

“He’s a good young player for us and a dynamic player,” Tippett said. “Max is a key guy for us and it’s unfortunate to lose a key guy but there’s going to be opportunity for other people and we just have to make the best of it.”

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