Arizona Coyotes: Dvorak Out Indefinitely After Surgery

The Arizona Coyotes will be without centerman Christian Dvorak indefinitely after undergoing successful surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

It wasn’t the news Arizona Coyotes fans were hoping for but GM John Chayka confirmed earlier today that the team will be without the services of centerman Christian Dvorak indefinitely.

According to the report, Dvorak — who missed the entire preseason with an unrelated injury — suffered the tear at practice last week. With that said, he underwent successful surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and the Coyotes are confident that he will make a full recovery.

The severity of the injury is unknown at this point but the fact that he went under the knife indicates that the tear was significant. Rehab from this type of surgery can take anywhere from three to six months, which would have him returning to the Coyotes lineup no earlier than mid to late January 2019.

“It’s unfortunate and unlucky,” said GM John Chayka in a press briefing released by the team earlier today. “But the surgery went well today and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

The former second-round pick of the Coyotes is coming off the heels of back-to-back 15 goal seasons to start his NHL career and was expected to be a big piece of this Coyotes offense this season — one that has struggled immensely to produce goals to start the season.

Although the news of Dvorak’s’ indefinite absence is a blow to the Coyotes. It does come to a position in which the team has a great deal of depth. Dylan Strome & Brad Richardson have been dominate in the face-off circle, and Coach Rick Tocchet has demonstrated confidence in playing Derek Stephan with the top line on a game to game basis.

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The Coyotes will continue to lean on Nick Cousins to center the fourth line going forward, however, the lines could be shaken up again with the return of Alex Galchenyuk imminent.

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