Coyotes’ Smith to be re-evaluated in a week
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Saturday that goalie Mike Smith’s meeting with team orthopedic surgeon Gary Waslewski and the Coyotes’ medical staff on Friday was positive and that Smith is "coming along fine."
"We’ll re-evaluate in a week, but the hope was at some point this week he’d try and get back on the ice," Tippett said. "It was not as serious as it could have been, so that’s a positive thing."
Smith was working out off the ice on Friday, doing slide moves and other exercises. Tippett said he is optimistic that Smith will return before the regular season ends on April 13 against the Stars. Saturday’s game will be the third straight he has missed.
He was injured late in a loss to the Rangers on Monday when New York forward Derick Brassard fell on his right leg. Smith grabbed at his right knee and was later helped off the ice. He wore a knee brace after the game.
In other injury news, Tippett said defenseman David Schlemko is close to returning to the ice. He should start the on-ice process of returning to the lineup soon.