BOSTON -- Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta, who has missed the past six games because of a lower-body injury, will be sidelined indefinitely.
Raanta underwent a procedure to fix his injury on Saturday. During the procedure, more extensive damage than anticipated was discovered and repaired.
"The good news is that it was a great repair and his long-term health is in great standing," General Manager John Chayka said. "The recovery will be a little longer than we had hoped or expected, but at the same time, again, he has the ability to preserve his long-term health. That's the main thing, and we've been able to do that."
Chayka said it's possible that Raanta will return this season, but not likely.
"As we get further down the rehab process, we'll know more, but for now he's out indefinitely, and there's a good chance he misses the entire season," Chayka said.
The Coyotes departed Arizona on Sunday for a four-game trip vs. Eastern Conference teams. Goalies Darcy Kuemper, Adin Hill and Calvin Pickard were on the flight. Kuemper, who began the season as Raanta's backup, hasn't played since Nov. 21 because of a lower-body injury. He's been practicing with the team lately and is expected to play at some point on the road trip.
"He's in good health, it's just a matter of getting his timing back," Chayka said. "He should be back in the short term. Obviously with Antti out, he's an important piece for us moving forward. I think he's shown to be one of the best backups in the League. Any time there is an injury there is opportunity. There will be an opportunity for him to get an extended look, and he'll get that opportunity to show that he can be a starter in the League."
Kuemper produced a 4-5-2 record, a 2.71 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 11 games before being injured.
Hill has made five consecutive starts since taking over for Raanta in the third period at Minnesota on Nov. 27, Raanta's most recent appearance. Hill has posted a 4-2-0 record, a 1.62 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in seven games.
"Adin Hill has come in and done a nice job for us," Chayka said. "He's a good young goalie and he's come in and won some games for us and done some good things. Like all young goalies, he'll have some ups and downs, but we're excited to have him in our stable. He'll get some games as well. I think it will be a bit of goalie by committee at this stage. Whoever's playing well will get the net."
Pickard has dressed as a backup, but has not played in a game since the Coyotes claimed him off waivers from Philadelphia on Nov. 29.
Raanta has posted a 5-6-0 record, a 2.88 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage this season in 12 games.
"As we view it, he's one of the best goalies in the League, if not the best, when he's playing," Chayka said. " ...This is a setback and it's frustrating for everyone, but at the same time he's a good goalie and we've got him under contract for a few more years here and we expect when he comes back he'll really help stabilize things for us."
Last season, his first with the Coyotes, Raanta made 46 starts as the team's No. 1 goalie. Multiple injuries kept him from making more.
"I understand he's had a few injuries since coming here," Chayka said. "Previous to that, relatively few, even when he was playing over in Europe, playing heavy minutes and facing a lot of shots. I think this particular injury's a bit of a fluke injury in the sense of how it occurred during a game, a bit of a weird scenario. Obviously it's a structural issue, so you try to understand what you can control and what can't you control in injuries. I think certainly this one's unrelated to his previous injuries, and, like I said, the nature of it is structural. So, I think when we talk about players' ability to stay healthy, there's just certain things that come into play in pro sports, and some things are unavoidable."
Meanwhile, the Coyotes also announced this weekend that forward Vinnie Hinostroza is considered week-to-week after suffering a lower-body injury vs. Washington last Thursday.