The New York Islanders offered their response to Robin Lehner’s injury by way of some roster moves Wednesday.
They recalled goalie Christopher Gibson from AHL Bridgeport under emergency conditions, while loaning forward Tom Kuhnhackl to the Sound Tigers to make room on the 23-man roster.
#Isles Transaction: Tom Kuhnhackl has been loaned to Bridgeport. Christopher Gibson has been recalled on emergency conditions.— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 31, 2018
Kuhnhackl cleared waivers during training camp, just under 30 days ago, so the move does not require placing him on waivers again. They made this move rather than placing Lehner or Cal Clutterbuck on IR, which could be a sign both are expected to be ready soon. Head coach Barry Trotz said Clutterbuck, who has missed the last two games and played only six minutes in the blowout of the Flyers, is a possibility to play tomorrow.
The Islanders have five games over the first 10 days of November, including a rematch with the Penguins tomorrow night in Brooklyn.
Lehner left after 40 minutes of Tuesday night’s 6-3 win in Pittsburgh with what coach Barry Trotz reportedly described as a “strain.”
Trotz says not much concern that Lehner will be a long term issue. Also Clutterbuck “possible” to return tomorrow.— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) October 31, 2018