Ed Jovanovski Injury Update: Coyotes' Defenseman Placed On Injured Reserve
Ed Jovanovski Injury Update: Placed On IR With Upper Body Injury
So the Phoenix Coyotes defense will be a little less tough with "Jovo-Cop" out of the lineup.
The team announced today that Ed Jovanovski will be placed on IR with an upper body injury, according to ESPN. Jovanovski suffered the injury during the Coyotes' game against Atlanta last night.
AZCentral.com went into greater detail about the injury, reporting that Jovanovski was expected to have surgery today for a fractured orbital bone and would be out several weeks. The report also specified Jovanovski was injured when he was in a face-to-face collision with Atlanta's Patrice Cormier during the second period.
Either way, it's a notable loss for the Coyotes.
He's a long way from his "Jovo-Cop" days that rocketed him to stardom in Florida and made him a hot commodity in Vancouver. But he's still a veteran presence on that Coyotes blueline and one of their more dependable defensemen. If anything, having another veteran like Adrian Aucoin and the continued development of Keith Yandle as a star blueliner will help tremendously.
But it still doesn't replace the minutes and the presence of Jovanovski.
What this means for the Coyotes in terms of the trade market is unsure. Phoenix is leading the Pacific Division but by a very slim margin over the rest of the division. But as tight as the West is, where a two-game losing streak could not a team out of the Playoffs, the Coyotes will need to do something to make a move.
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