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Coyotes' Smith Suffered MCL Sprain, Won't Need Surgery


After missing the playoffs for the second straight season, Phoenix was finally able to give a clearer explanation as to what injury befell starting netminder Mike Smith he suffered an MCL sprain on Mar. 24 against the Rangers.

We knew internally he was not going to be able to help us get to the playoffs, so we said, Lets leave it on the sidelines. Lets focus on Thomas and our team and get to the playoffs, and maybe Mike will be back in the playoffs, and that was far from certain.

Maloney then added surgery to repair the ligament wasnt necessary, and that the club had no qualms whatsoever about a long-term problem with it.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports


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