NY Islanders News

Here come the manpower losses

By Gary Harding

The injury to Mark Streit is worse than I originally imagined.  It did not look like such a bad hit, but of course, luck had its hand in the outcome.

According to Katie Strang at Newsday.com, Streit will be out six months with a left shoulder injury and likely will require surgery. Initial test results indicate a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff, and the 32-year-old defenseman also may have suffered a dislocation.

This is the thing that the Islanders did NOT need to have happen.  Streit and James Wisniewski were a nice pairing and looked to be a great combination for the power play.  Now – that will have to wait until at least March to see anything come to fruition.

Streit, who was hit my Matt Moulson in the Orange/White scrimmage on Saturday, in a ‘fluke’ incident, according to coach Scott Gordon. “That’s something you’d see on a daily basis in practice and nothing would happen. Everything just went wrong on one play,” Gordon said to the media yesterday. “I’ve watched it a few times and I don’t think there’s anything [Moulson] should even second-guess himself about.”

There is also additional concerns in Islander country.  Kyle Okposo, who did not play on Saturday, will see a shoulder specialst as well on Monday.  He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.  Keep the fingers crossed on this one.

Five players got training camp tryouts, including former Islander Dean McAmmond, who played last season in New Jersey.  Andres Eriksson, who played 8 games on Broadway last season, was also given a tryout, along with Krys Kolanos (former Flame), and Manny Legace, and AHL goalie Joel Martin.  Some additional depth was needed, as players that ave junior eligibility will probably be sent down, as their seasons began this weekend.  A club needs to dress at least eight  NHL ready players, and will be needing depth to fill those roles, as the Isles will have two ‘split squad’ matches this week, as they finally see some exhibition contests.