Feb 27, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wingMichael Grabner
(40) and Islanders defensemanBrian Strait
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the New York Islanders are dealing with an injury. This time, the afflicted Islanders player is Michael Grabner, who suffered a concussion during Monday night’s come-from-behind win over the Vancouver Canucks.
As initially reported by Newsday’s Arthur Staple, Grabner suffered the injury during the second period and did not return to the game after spending a few minutes hunched over on the bench before heading to the dressing room.
With an open roster spot glaring, the Islanders are expected to announce a call-up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at some point today, and there’s been speculation as to who it will be.
John Persson and Johan Sundstrom are considered to be the front-running candidates to get the call, one of whom will likely be on the Isles roster by Friday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
As with most things Islanders-related this season, the Grabner injury is just the latest in a long line of where-did-it-all-go-wrong lamentations by the fans. On the bright side, at least youth is being served on Long Island this year.
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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (126-27-2-4) are 6-3-1-0 in their last 10 games, but they’ll have to continue that run without yet another player who’s being sent to Long Island.
Islanders F Michael Grabner suffered a concussion in Monday night’s 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks, meaning the Sound Tigers will lose a still-to-be-named man to the big club.
Bridgeport has a three-game set upcoming, as they’ll face Manchester, Worcester, and Adirondack. Friday’s game is on the road, and Saturday’s and Sunday’s are at Webster Bank Arena.
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