GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla, who was removed from Sunday night’s home preseason game vs. the Los Angeles Kings on a stretcher, was at home on Monday morning after spending a few hours at a local hospital.
“He probably has a little bit of a headache but ... he's home, which is a good sign," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said after Monday’s practice at Jobing.com Arena.
Tippett said Klesla is experiencing concussion/whiplash symptoms and there is no timetable for his return to the team.
Kings forward Jordan Nolan delivered a hard check to Klesla midway through the first period that left Klesla motionless on the ice for several minutes. His neck was stabilized by medical staff members, and he was eventually wheeled off the ice and gave the crowd a quick wave as he left.
Meanwhile, Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek also missed Monday’s practice. Michalek left Sunday night’s game in the second period after being hit in the face by the puck. He received multiple stitches to close a cut near his mouth and returned to the game in the third period, but Tippett excused him from Monday’s on-ice workout.
NOTE: Click here to see Nolan's hit on Klesla.