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NHL notes: Coyotes' Doan has Rocky Mountain fever

Phoenix Coyotes' captain Shane Doan answers a reporter's question during a new conference after...

Phoenix Coyotes' captain Shane Doan answers a reporter's question during a new conference after their team practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 16, 2012.(REUTERS/Todd Korol)

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, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan's mystery illness appears to finally have been diagnosed.

Doan, who hasn't played since Dec. 4 due to an unidentified illness, has "some form of Rocky Mountain fever disease," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Friday, according to Azcentral.com.

"Our medical team is on top of it," Maloney said. "Every day he seems like he's getting a little better and a little more energy and has started to exercise a little more. We're encouraged. He's trending in a positive manner. It's just going to take time."

Rocky Mountain fever is described as a bacterial disease that affects the cells in the lining of blood vessels, causing the vessels to leak.

Doan, who is on medication for the illness, is on injured reserve and still week-to-week. It's unlikely he will play right after the Christmas break.

"There's an uncertainty of how long it's going to take him, and that's why it's hard to describe it because ideally you'd like to say after the holidays, another week or 10 days of rest, he'll be ready to go," Maloney said. "But that may not be the case. It could very well take weeks and weeks and weeks. We just don't know."

HERTL HURTIN'

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl, an early favourite to win the NHL's rookie of the year award, will be out for a month with a knee injury, according to a Czech television report.

Hertl was hurt Thursday during a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, who got a major penalty and game misconduct. Brown could face a suspension or fine for the hit.

"It's tough," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said after the game. "I don't know how long he's gonna go out for -- I didn't see the play -- but I know he's going to be out for a little bit."

According to the report by TV Nova Sport, Hertl told his father he would be sidelined for a month.

Hertl is the NHL's top-scoring rookie, with 15 goals and 10 assists. He is also a strong candidate to play for the Czech team at the Sochi Olympics.

BRIEFLY

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik and defenceman James Wisniewski were activated off injured reserve Friday and are expected to play Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Gaborik missed 17 games, Wisniewski six ... The Minnesota Wild sent forward Brent Bulmer to Iowa of the AHL. The 21-year-old played four games for the Wild and failed to record a point.

 


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