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'Yotes Notes: Domi Practices with Coyotes

Forward Max Domi could return to lineup as soon as Thursday vs. Chicago

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GLENDALE -- Coyotes forward Max Domi practiced with his teammates without restrictions on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing hand surgery in December.

"It's his first day with the team practicing," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "... He's been skating hard (on his own) and he finally got the green light from the doctors for full contact, full bore. He had a good day today, and he's in the day-to-day range so we'll see where he gets."

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Max Domi's return to practice

Domi led the team stretch after Wednesday's 45-minute practice at Gila River Arena leading observers to speculate that he could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday vs. Chicago.

"That wasn't the plan here, but we'll see," Tippett said.

The Coyotes will welcome Domi back with open arms; they've posted an 8-14-1 record without him.

"It's going to take him some time to get back up to speed, but when he went out he was our leading scorer," Tippett said. "He's an impact player. He plays the game fast and he plays it hard. He's got high skill. There's lots to like about his game, for sure."

Despite missing 23 games because of his injury, Domi ranks fifth on the Coyotes with 16 points. 

Domi suffered his injury during a fight with Garnet Hathaway of the Calgary Flames on Dec. 8. Tippett said the coaches have talked to Domi about fighting in the future, but he would not elaborate on those discussions.

"It's funny, nobody seemed to mind when he got in the fight with (Ryan) Kesler, but then he got in the other fight (with Hathaway) and everybody doesn't like that one," Tippett said. "I'm not sure how that works. We'll just leave it at that."

Domi, of course, fought Kesler a month before getting injured and dropped Kesler to the ice with one punch.

• Goalie Mike Smith did not practice on Wednesday, but he is expected to start vs. Chicago on Thursday.

• Arizona's affiliate in the American Hockey League, the Tucson Roadrunners, announced on Wednesday that the team traded forward Henrik Samuelsson to Bakersfield for forward Mitch Moroz. Bakersfield is the Edmonton Oilers affiliate in the AHL.

The Coyotes drafted Samuelsson 27th overall in 2012. He played three games for Arizona in the 2014-15 season.

• The Roadrunners also traded goalie Justin Peters and defenseman Justin Hache to the Texas Stars of the AHL for forwards Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock. Peters played three games for the Coyotes this season. 


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