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Coyotes' Trade Deadline Plans Could Change with Jovo's Injury

by Craig Morgan | / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- Ed Jovanovski’s injury could alter the Coyotes’ playoff plans.

Ed Jovanovski
Phoenix general manager Don Maloney said Tuesday that the team might consider acquiring a veteran defenseman before the Feb. 28 trade deadline to offset the loss of its alternate captain.

“Thank goodness we were able to get (defenseman) Michal Rozsival in a prior trade,” Maloney said. “But we’re destined to get along without Jovo right now, so we could potentially add depth on the blue line.”

Jovanovski underwent surgery Friday for an orbital bone fracture that Maloney said “was not a single fracture. It was in multiple places.”

Jovanovski was injured late in the second period of Thursday night's game against Atlanta when he collided face-to-face with the Thrashers' Patrice Cormier.

The Coyotes placed Jovanovski on injured reserve, and Maloney does not expect the veteran to return before the regular season ends...

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