Arizona Coyotes star forward Clayton Keller announced on Thursday morning that he will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season after suffering a leg injury during Wednesday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
“Want to thank my teammates, the fans, and medical personnel for the love and support last night,” Keller wrote. “Unfortunately the season’s over for me, but I’m resting comfortably at the hospital in good spirits. I will be back better than ever for day 1 next season!”
The 23-year-old — in the midst of a career season — suffered the injury with 5:15 remaining in Arizona’s 5-2 victory when he crashed legs-first into the boards behind the Sharks’ net.
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The game was delayed for roughly 10 minutes while he was stretchered off the ice. He was transported to a local hospital immediately after.
It’s another difficult pill to swallow for a struggling Coyotes team that is facing a future of uncertainty.
Keller is the team’s leading scorer with 28 goals and 35 assists (63 points) for a Coyotes team that has a Western-Conference-worst 47 points this season.
While big names like star defenseman Jakob Chychrun are expected to be sold this offseason, the franchise will be playing their home games in a 3,000-seat arena at the campus of Arizona State beginning next year as they try to secure a long-term home near the Phoenix area.