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A key piece to the Arizona Coyotes offense is going to missing for a little while. After an injury sustained in a game on Sunday night against the Winnipeg Jets, Mikkel Boedker had surgery to remove his spleen following the game.
It’s a well-known fact that hockey is a physical game, so injuries follow suit. For the ‘Yotes star forward right now to be sidelined, it only seems like it could add to the woes of the team.
After the game on Sunday, it was speculated that Boedker would be out for a little while. Monday it was confirmed that he would be out week-to-week with an upper-body injury, but the extent of the injuries was not discussed.
Reports came on Tuesday that Boedker had undergone successful surgery to remove his spleen the same night as the tilt against the Jets. Boedker underwent the surgery in Winnipeg, and is currently still there until he is deemed fit to travel back to Arizona.
Fox Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh took to Twitter to commend the medical staff of the Coyotes for keeping Boedker back in Winnipeg instead of traveling with the team to Chicago.
Big time tip of the hat to #Coyotes training staff who kept Boedker in Winnipeg for local observation. Critical element to his care
— Todd Walsh (@ToddWalsh) January 20, 2015
Boedker might be able to return to Arizona in 2-3 days, Maloney said. Also said recovery in 4-6 week range.
— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) January 20, 2015
Prior to his injury, Mikkel Boedker was on track for what could have potentially be a career high season. An impressive 14 goals and 28 points for the young forward could’ve been a heck of a lot better considering the pace he was going at.
Now, by no means is his season over, but the Coyotes will most definitely miss this important asset.
Best of luck to Mikkel in his recovery.