Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/15/13

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 22: Jordan Nolan of the Los Angeles Kings skates against the Colorado Avalanche during preseason NHL action at the Pepsi Center on September 22, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Kings defeated the Avalanche 4-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes defenseman Rusty Klesla left the ice on a stretcher after absorbing a big open-ice hit from the Kings' Jordan Nolan in the first period of the teams' preseason opener Sunday at Jobing.com Arena. Phoenix assistant general manager Brad Treliving said the issue appears to be with Klesla's neck. He was being examined at the arena before being taken to a nearby hospital. Klesla was alert but still immobilized. A replay of the hit showed Nolan clearly leaving his feet and making first contact with Klesla's head from the blind side. The hit could be grounds for suspension under Rule 48. The only mitigating factor was that Klesla was skating with his head down (a possibly vulnerable position), but the angle of his head does not appear to change before the hit is made. Klesla fell to the ice and his leg twitched for a moment before he lay motionless. With the team's medical staff attending to him, Klesla was strapped to a stretcher and taken off the ice. As he lef...
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