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Coyotes place netminder Mike Smith on IR

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08:01 PM ET 03.26 | Mike Smith's season looks to be over, at least for the foreseeable future. The Phoenix Coyotes have placed their netminder on injured reserve and while they're not ruling out a return in the playoffs for Smith, there is currently no timetable for his return to the team. The most interesting aspect of the whole situation is the fact that the Coyotes never made an announcement as a team that Smith was being placed on injured reserve, rather they did so very quietly. Smith has been sidelined since he was bulldozed by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler last Thursday and had been listed as day-to-day over the weekend. The Coyotes haven't publicly changed that but Smith is listed on the team's official roster as being on injured reserve, something the Coyotes aren't looking forward to dealing with.

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Mike Smith, Getty Images/Christian Petersen Mike Smith, Getty Images/Christian Petersen
March 27, 2013  07:31 AM ET

Is it the dreaded Upper Body injury or the Lower Body Injury? I wish Hockey was more open about injuries.

March 27, 2013  08:46 AM ET

While they're not ruling out a return in the playoffs.

Joke of the Day.

March 27, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Blame Brian Gionta!

March 27, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Two Coyote threads in one morning? Is it full moon or something? I'm howling mad!

March 27, 2013  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Blame Brian Gionta!

and inspiration by Milan Lucic.

 
March 27, 2013  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

and inspiration by Milan Lucic.

Nah, Mike Smith (unless he has changed from his Tampa Bay days) swings a mean stick...those guys would never hit him, he hits back....
Hmmm...a goalie named Smith swinging a stick....

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