GLENDALE - General Manager Don Maloney on Tuesday told reporters that goalie Anders Lindback likely will be sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a “freak” injury to an Achilles' tendon before Monday’s home game vs. Montreal.
“It looks like it’s a significant injury that will require surgery so he’s out indefinitely,” Maloney said. “…It was a freak injury in the sense that he was stretching and he got up to go into his locker and put his equipment on, and he just suffered the injury.”
He added, “I think it’s fair to say that he’ll be, for all intents and purposes, finished for the regular season.”
Lindback had been serving as Louis Domingue’s backup since starter Mike Smith underwent core muscle surgery in December. Smith is not expected to be back in action for another month or so. Lindback posted a 5-7-1 record, a 3.11 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage in 19 games this season.
“He was pretty shook up,” Maloney said. “This is a significant injury that is going to take time to heal. I’m sure he’s looking at his future and wondering what is in store, but he’s still young enough and hopefully he gets through it.”
The Coyotes on Tuesday recalled goalie Niklas Treutle from the American Hockey League to serve as Domingue’s backup until Smith returns.
“Injuries are part of the sport,” Maloney said. “It’s the nature of the beast. Unfortunately, this is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve had both our top two goalies coming into the season out for significant time. But it does create opportunity. The one real positive out of Mike being hurt is that Louis Domingue has come in and shown us not only that he can play in the NHL, but that he can win in the NHL. And that’s the key.”
Head Coach Dave Tippett is confident Treutle, who is from Germany, can serve as a backup.
“He’s been solid and he’s played more than anticipated down there (in the AHL) with Louis getting called up here,” Tippett said. “He works awfully hard. He impressed players at camp with his work ethic. He’s learning the North American game down there and he’s played enough games that if we have to use him we can use him.”
• Treutle was en route to Arizona while the Coyotes practiced on Tuesday. Needing a second goalie for practice, the teamed again turned to emergency goalie Nathan Schoenfeld for a second straight day.
Schoenfeld, 31, took the day off from his job as a relations manager at a Valley bank and tended the south net for the hour-long practice. Unlike on Monday night, players took shots on him in net and he even mixed in a few saves.
“It was fun today because I didn’t get a chance to get into the action yesterday,” Schoenfeld said.
Coyotes players tested his goaltending skills throughout the practice.
“They take it easy on you until you stop one and then they try a little bit harder, but I got a few saves in there,” Schoenfeld said with a smile.
Stan Wilson, the team’s Head Equipment Manager, is Schoenfeld’s father-in-law.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Wilson said of Schoenfeld’s return to the rink on Tuesday. “It went from 15 minutes of fame to 20 minutes.”
• Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter attended Tuesday’s practice and skated with some of the players in full Coyotes practice gear after the official on-ice workout was over.
Collmenter is a hockey fan, and he and captain Shane Doan are friends.
Before he took the ice, Collmenter told reporters he was looking forward to trying a triple deke.
• Maloney said prospect Nick Merkley suffered a knee injury recently and will be sidelined for a while. Merkley, whom the Coyotes drafted last year with the 30th overall pick, plays for Kelowna of the Western Hockey League.