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Predators' Poile expected to return to work in Nashville

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2/18/2014 11:44:43 AM
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Team USA and Predators general manager David Poile is expected to return to work in Nashville next week as he continues to recover from injuries suffered when he was hit by an errant puck at practice on Feb. 6.

Poile suffered a fractured orbital bone and fractures in his nose when he was hit during Nashville's morning skate in Minnesota nearly two weeks ago. He had two surgeries that afternoon and returned home to Nashville three days later.

The team said on Tuesday that Poile had another eye-related procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center last Friday.

The injuries prevented him from attending the Sochi Olympics, but he has been in contact with Ray Shero and USA Hockey during the Games.

"I know that I have a challenging road ahead, but am going to embrace the challenge and am eager to get back to work," Poile said in a statement.

"Thank you, in particular to the medical teams at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and Vanderbilt Medical Center here in Nashville for the outstanding care and attention I have received and continue to receive. Thanks also to all those in Nashville and throughout the hockey community who have reached out to offer support and encouragement. It has been uplifting and most appreciated. I'm looking forward to watching USA's quest for the Gold Medal in Sochi and the Predators resuming the playoff race."

David Poile (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
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