The New York Islanders have recalled defenseman Scot Mayfield from AHL Bridgeport, a move that might be coverage from some of the licks Travis Hamonic took during Thursday night's 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Coverage, that is, because the Isles have not placed Hamonic on injured reserve. Instead, a familiar name has found himself there: Eric Boulton.
#Isles announce Eric Boulton is on IR and Scott Mayfield is up from BPT. Hamonic may need more than maintenance it seems.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) January 8, 2016
Hamonic was limping after a shot to the ankle in the second period but stayed in the game. He also took a high hit from Alex Ovechkin late in the game. Staple reported that he didn't skate during today's practice due to a "maintenance" day, though it could be worse.
Combine all that with the overall disappointing team performance and you have the ingredients for a possible shakeup.
However, with the team traveling to Philadelphia for a matinee game on Saturday, you also have the simple need for insurance while on the road and farther away from Bridgeport.
Adam Pelech is already up with the team from the Sound Tigers thanks to Johnny Boychuk's injury. And standard seventh defenseman Brian Strait, who's sat the last two games in favor of Pelech, is also on the active roster (though possibly nursing an injury).
All of which is to say Mayfield will be with the team tomorrow, but without him being at today's practice there's no guarantee he's in the lineup against the Flyers. So fan lineup rage will have to wait. (LOL, it never waits!)
The Flyers, incidentally, announced that Shayne Gostisbehere gots to not be here for Saturday's game. He's injured and will miss it.