The injury situation on the New York Islanders blueline continues to evolve, and it has roster ramifications for this weekend's traveling back-to-back set in Ottawa on Friday and at home against the Flyers on Saturday.
Though the Isles have the same six healthy defensemen that they used in Sunday's shootout loss to the Canucks (de Haan-Leddy, Hickey-Zidlicky, Strait-Mayfield), they typically want insurance when heading out on the road away from the recall-convenient proximity of Bridgeport.
First, the injury updates:
- As noted in the morning, Johnny Boychuk (IR, upper body) and Travis Hamonic (week-to-week, lower body) are skating again, with Hamonic a possibility for this weekend.
- But Adam Pelech's injury sounds more serious than initially speculated when he dressed for warmups but did not play. He was placed on IR today.
Now, the roster effects:
Pelech hitting IR made room for goalie J-F Berube to come off IR, though he was sent to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint. (Remember that Berube was acquired via waivers, and he would need to clear waivers for a full non-conditioning loan to the AHL.)
So what happens between now and Friday? Ideally, Hamonic. But if not, Arthur Staple notes what else could happen in order to bring another defenseman along:
If Hamonic isn't ready by Friday, would go on retroactive IR to make room for call-up. Or #Isles could go with 6D for Fri-Sat (unlikely).— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 19, 2016
If you're asking, "Can't someone just gillooly Eric Boulton?" well, that's already been done, most recently before Scott Mayfield was recalled.