The Coyotes made three roster moves Monday and will likely make another before Wednesday's home game against Colorado.
Phoenix recalled center Jamie Lundmark, who was on a conditioning assignment, from San Antonio of the American Hockey League and reassigned center Yanick Lehoux (conditioning) and left wing Steve Gainey to San Antonio.
Lehoux has a goal in three games since being claimed on waivers from Los Angeles on Nov. 5 while Gainey, who will have to clear waivers before rejoining San Antonio, has no points in five games since being called up from the Rampage on Nov. 4. Both played less than seven minutes Saturday against Anaheim.
"We just felt they needed to go down and play. It doesn't do them any good sitting on the bench," coach Wayne Gretzky said.
Lundmark, who collected a goal and three points in four games in San Antonio, will center a line that includes Oleg Saprykin and Mike Leclerc, Gretzky said.
With those moves, Phoenix has only 11 healthy forwards — center Petr Nedved (hyperextended elbow) is still seven to 10 days away, Gretzky said, and left wing Tyson Nash (strained lower abdominal) is flying to Philadelphia today to see a specialist. Phoenix could activate Denis Gauthier (finger) from injured reserve and play with seven defensemen, but Gretzky said Gauthier won't play before Saturday, when the Coyotes are at San Jose. So instead, Jakub Koreis is expected to be called up from San Antonio.
"He's a big kid (6-foot-3, 214 pounds), plays defensively really well," Gretzky said of Koreis, who will likely play on the checking line with Boyd Devereaux and Mike Ricci.
Gretzky also said for the time being Geoff Sanderson will center the top line
with Fredrik Sjostrom on the left and Shane Doan on the right.
As for Nash, who has been out since Nov. 4, Gretzky said, he "probably had a little bit of a setback. He's not doing well, and the MRI (he had last week) is not exactly what everyone anticipated.. . . We're going to go get it taken care of and make sure we don't mess around with it."
Nash, though, had a brighter outlook.
"(It is) just a really sharp kind of uncomfortable. It's definitely gotten better the last week than it was when I first hurt it," he said. "When I first hurt it, there was no way I could even step on the ice. I could barely get out of bed.. . . If they were to tell me there was something wrong I'd actually be surprised. "
Goalie David LeNeveu took a puck to the neck during practice and was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. “He should be OK," Gretzky said, and the rookie is not expected to miss any time.. . . Goalie Steve Passmore, who was playing for the Rampage, has left the organization to play in Finland.