The New York Islanders made a bunch of roster moves ahead of their matinee tilt against the St Louis Blues. So here's a recap of each one of them to make sure you're all caught up.
Zdeno Chara on IR:
This move was made retroactively to February 26 against the Los Angeles Kings. There's no indication on what the injury is exactly.
Chara had missed time since the Kings game but now with a move to IR, he's out for at least ten games (he's already missed three games). And while he's not having the impact he once had, he's still a good presence on the blue line for the Islanders.
Anders Lee (Personal Reasons):
The captain is out day-to-day for this one due to personal reasons. There was nothing else disclosed by the team as to why Lee was out. Which is perfectly fine. Please don't go digging for more like we saw when Barry Trotz was out for personal reasons.
Lee hasn't been at his best for a while now so hopefully this break can allow him to get back to his best.
Otto Koivula Called Up:
One of the call-ups made by the Isles was Otto Koivula who comes up from the Bridgeport Islanders. He was in the lineup for the Isles against the Blues. Koivula centered the third line with Parise and Wahlstrom flanking him.
Koivula has had a strong year for Bridgeport with 36 points in 43 games. Only AHL veteran Chris Terry has more points for the B-Islanders. This is a huge chance for Koivula to show he's ready for the NHL.
Parker Wotherspoon Called Up:
With Chara on IR, the Isles needed a seventh defenseman. They called up steady D-man Parker Wotherspoon who's a fourth-round pick by the Islanders from 2015.
Wotherspoon is having an underrated year for Bridgeport with some strong defensive play, decent offense, and with some physicality. He isn't playing against the Blues, but this clearly a nod to Wotherspoon's quality of late for Bridgeport.