During a time period where little to no news at all is expected to come out relating to the New York Islanders, news did break yesterday, and it wasn’t very heart-warming. Second line center Frans Nielsen will be sitting out an entire month with a broken hand suffered Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.
If there is anything “good” thing about this, it’s that Nielsen won’t be missing much time, as the NHL and most of its players will have the next few weeks for the Olympic Games. Nielsen is projected to miss 5 games at most, which doesn’t really mean all too much when looking at the state of the team this season. The team is too far gone to really make any big strides, so missing a player for a short amount of time really doesn’t matter.
The perpetrator to this incident, Erik Johnson, has received a 2 games suspension from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Johnson may have gotten off easy, as the slash looked very dirty as Islanders fans watched it happened.
Hopefully, this is the worst we see as far as news around the Islanders goes these next few weeks. With the trade deadline looming, GM Garth Snow is talking to teams around the league during this time, and as always, rumors will be arising.
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Around the NHL
No games in the NHL were played last night. NHL play resumes after the Olympics have ended.
Across the Sound
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers continue to stay hot, winning their most recent contest by a score of 5-4 over the Adirondack Phantoms. John Persson continued his hot play, scoring twice. Mike Halmo, Ryan Strome, and Matt Donovan each tallied a goal as well.
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