The Arizona Coyotes snagged free agent forward Jamie McGinn from the Anaheim Ducks this summer, inking the left winger to a three year deal on the first day of free agency.
Now, though, he’ll have to miss their season opener.
It was confirmed on Saturday morning, just ahead of Arizona’s season home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers, that McGinn is out day to day with an upper body injury. Per Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, the team hasn’t given a clear timetable on when he’ll be able to return – but according to head coach Dave Tippett, it’s questionable whether he’ll be able to travel with the club when they head on the road.
Drafted 36th overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2006, McGinn has spent time with the Sharks, Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, and Colorado Avalanche. He boasts 91 goals and 167 points through 450 career NHL games, including 22 goals last season between Anaheim and Buffalo.
For the Coyotes, this isn’t as dire as it would have been just a few weeks ago; the team has managed to re-sign fellow winger Tobias Rieder to a new deal, so they aren’t going to be too short on the wing. As a player inked to help the club move towards being competitive once again, though, it’s disappointing to see that McGinn won’t be able to debut with the rest of the club at Gila River Arena on Saturday.
The Coyotes will host the Flyers at 6:00 PM PST on Saturday.