Well, the Olympics are over and it’s time for NHL teams to get back to business. For some teams, that means dealing with injury issues. One of those teams is the New York Islanders.
While the team will be far more concerned about the knee injury that John Tavares suffered, another Islanders player was placed on Injured Reserve yesterday. That player is Frans Nielsen. He was placed on IR retroactive to February 8, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
If you remember, Nielsen’s hand was broken on a slash from Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson in the Islanders last game before the Olympic Break. Johnson was suspended two games for the slash. It was said at the time that injury would probably keep him out for at least a month. With the two week break of the Olympics, that means Nielsen will probably be out for at least another two weeks.
With the Islanders losing Tavares to injury and the inevitable trade of Thomas Vanek, the Islanders are going to be in tough for the rest of the season. They will need players like Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner to play their hearts out when the Islanders start playing again. However, Nielsen first has to return to the Islanders lineup before he can make a difference.
The Islanders are going to be an interesting team to watch over the next couple weeks with all the trade rumors surrounding Vanek and Andrew MacDonald and all the injuries they are currently dealing with.