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New York Islanders Waive Colin McDonald; Place Mikhail Grabovski On Injured Reserve

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The New York Islanders today announced that forward Colin McDonald has been placed on waivers.  The 30 year old winger had started the season as a healthy scratch for the first 4 games, and only managed to crack the lineup after Mikhail Grabovski was injured against the San Jose Sharks.  In his 2 games this season, McDonald has no points on only 3 shots during 21 minutes of ice time.  Teams have until noon tomorrow to claim him, or he will be sent to Bridgeport of the AHL.  I have to say that while I liked McDonald as a player, the Isles recent struggles offensively and their depth make this a good move.  It also sends the message that the Isles are not going to take losing and poor play without making changes.

The Isles also announced today that Grabovski has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to October 16th.  Grabo has been skating with the team at practice the last few days, but apparently was just not totally ready to go.  He is eligible to return after Thursday’s game in Boston, since the addition is retroactive.

Oct 10, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski (84) reacts against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

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The moves clear two roster spots, and the prevailing belief amongst Isles insiders is that we will see Lubomir Visnovsky come off IR and Anders Lee recalled from Bridgeport.  The team hasn’t announced anything regarding Lubo or Lee yet, but if Visnovsky does come off IR, that leaves a bit of a logjam on defense.

Both Thomas Hickey and Travis Hamonic seem to be playing through their injuries, which means that another defenseman will have to either be waived or scratched.  With young defenseman Matt Donovan being scratched for all 6 games this season, it leads to the debate of whether he would be better served playing in Bridgeport than watching from the press box in the NHL.

Sound off in the comment section below with who you’d like to see in or out of the lineup.

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