New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner will most likely be done for the year according to Newsday Beat Writer Arthur Staple. According to Staple, Carkner aggravated his back in the team’s first preseason game, which resulted in him having to undergo back surgery last week.
The 33-year-old veteran defenseman is in his third season with the team and has yet to play a game with the Islanders this season. It was expected that he wasn’t going to play much this season due to the Islanders’ defensive depth, but Carkner was considered a solid fill-in option if the team needed him.
In his tenure with the team, Carkner has played in 75 games and has recorded 5 points. He also played 4 games with the team during the 2012-2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs in which he recorded a point.
Carkner is in the last season of his three–year 4.5 $million- contract and this may spell the end of his Islander career. This leaves Brian Strait and Matt Donovan as the two defensemen who will likely sit as healthy scratches. Hopefully Carkner has a speedy recovery and is able to resume his NHL career. It maybe however, that it’s not with the Islanders.