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Phoenix’s Smith (upper body) out vs. Detroit after Edler collision

Mar 25, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

The Coyotes have announced that goalie Mike Smith will be out of action on Monday when they take on the Red Wings in Phoenix, according to Fox Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh.

Smith, 31, was knocked out of action last Thursday after getting run over by Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler in the second period of a 2-1 loss:

Edler was given a five-minute charging major on the play and suspended two games for his actions.

Smith was able to finish out the period — the hit occurred with less than two minutes remaining — but was replaced by backup Jason LaBarbera to start the third.

LaBarbera stopped 14 of 15 shots in the frame, but did allow Jordan Schroeder’s game-winning tally with around 10 minutes left in the contest.

The Coyotes aren’t revealing much about Smith’s injury, other than classifying it as an upper-body ailment. He’s already missed four games this year and spent time on injured reserve with a groin strain.

Smith is 11-10-3 on the season with a 2.83 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. He’s also in the final season of a two-year, $4 million deal and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

  1. loinstache - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Why does every single media report always fail to mention that this was the second collision on Smith in that game? Earlier Smith’s own D pushed Daniel into Smith on a breakway. Smith barely returned after that.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    The Edler hit was the more spectacular of the two collisions so it gets the all attention, though the Sedin hit likely caused the damage warranting time off for Smith:

    Smith’s trapper to Sedin’s face appeared to cause his wrist to fold back…with leverage and force at play, there’s likely ligament or tendon damage. Smith’s blocker hand appeared to suffer some damage as well.

    And, when Smith picked Edler up during the following yard sale, he let-up before starting to throw; this after apparently aggravating the earlier wrist damage when pulling Edler out of the pile purse-swinging Phoenix players [ can you imagine the carnage if that had been Tuukka Rask getting drilled ]? Have to give Edler credit. all the same, he knows when to pick ’em…

    It is noted Phoenix did not holler ‘concussion’ in effort to inflate the charge and subsequent penalty to Alex Edler. How refreshing is that…?

    Still, I’m not sure which was more enjoyable, Edler guzzling Smith, or post suspension disclaimers by Edler and Gillis…two games was generous by any measure? And this year’s Genie for dead-pan delivery by a sports figure crying innocence goes to…

  3. blomfeld - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:23 PM


    It’s well known throughout the league that the Phoenix Coyotes are essentially one big House of Liars. From top to bottom and for whatever reason, this teams literally “oozes” with deceit and cunning, whether that’s their management’s ongoing “fantasies” about prospective buyers, the phoney and “sexed up” attendance figures, or even the players themselves including the “biggest” liar of them all, goalkeeper Mike Smith! Hopefully Edler will simply ignore these “mind games” from the Yotes and instead just carry on as per usual? … at least that’s my hope.

    • thailer35 - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      I’ve said it once, and I’m sure you’ll post more of these ridiculous ideas followd by an equally ridiculous video and force me to say it again…

      I miss when you were still IP banned.

      • blomfeld - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        Here you go friend ! :)

  4. thehighcountrybear - Mar 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Good mushrooms out Fraser Valley way this year Blomfeld…?

    • blomfeld - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Ten Bears: I think it may be “he” from the high country who rides before us ?

      Crazy Dog: doesn’t matter, he’s all alone ! … let’s kill him !

      Blomfeld: no brother … I know this man and he is good .. we will talk to him …

      Highcountrybear – I only did mushrooms “once” as a 15 year old back in ’74 and to this day, that remains as the absolute “worst” night of my life! … they were actually Sea Island mushrooms and I consumed 40 x units, being the naive and “crazy” risk-taking guy that I was back then ! … :)

  5. bigoldorcafromvan - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I am betting on that he jammed his thumb when he hit Daniel Sedin in the face on the collision when the defensemen pushed Daniel into Smith. Cause he was sure working on his hand after that collision.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Hell no, Blomfeld rocks!

    I enjoy his posts…takes one away from much of the repetitive tripe bandied in these boards. Mind bending stuff, hence the allusion to les champignons hallucinogènes…

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