Matthew Lombardi injury: Coyotes center out indefinitely

Christian Petersen

The Phoenix Coyotes have lost center Matthew Lombardi indefinitely after the veteran suffered an upper-body injury on Thursday.

The Phoenix Coyotes added center Matthew Lombardi is out indefinitely with what the team is reporting as an upper-body injury suffered against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

Coyotes GM Don Maloney appeared on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Friday and confirmed that Lombardi could miss a 'significant amount of time" with the injury.

Lombardi was acquired by the Coyotes on Wednesday in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signed with the Nashville Predators in 2010 after a career season with the Coyotes. Lombardi then suffered a concussion in the preseason and missed the entire 2010-2011 season, playing in just two games with Nashville before being traded to the Maple Leafs.

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett stated on Friday, however, that Lombardi's injury was not related to anything he's had to deal with in the past, as concerns about another concussion for Lombardi started to make the rounds. Lombardi is in the final year of a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

The Phoenix Coyotes recalled forward Nick Johnson from the Portland Pirates of the AHL to fill Lombardi's roster spot.

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