Stone Undergoes Knee Surgery, Will Miss at Least Six Months
/ Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE – Head Coach Dave Tippett said Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone underwent successful knee surgery on Friday to repair a damaged anterior cruciate ligament and a damaged medial collateral ligament. His recovery time will be at least six months.
“They went in and fixed things up and everything went well with the surgery but it’s a long-term (recovery),” Tippett said after Saturday's morning skate at Gila River Arena. “...There is lots of recovery work there. If you dial it out, you're into October of next (season). You hope he's available for most of the year.”
Stone suffered the injury last Saturday vs. Philadelphia when he got tangled with Flyers forward Michael Raffl late in the third period. Stone was helped off the ice and did not return to the game.
Stone, whom the Coyotes drafted 69th overall in 2008, set career highs in points (36), assists (30) and shots (161) in 75 games this season, and he ranked second only to Oliver Ekman-Larsson in ice time/per game; Stone logged 22:27 and Ekman-Larsson plays 24:40.