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Islanders Transactions: Casey Cizikas returns, Soderstrom to Worcester, Skarek to Bridgeport

Leo Komarov has been placed on IR as Cole Bardreau gets another look.

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The New York Islanders made a handful of official organizational transactions Thursday to adjust to injuries and a busy weekend schedule from the NHL to the ECHL. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Casey Cizikas has been activated from IR after surviving the last two days of full practice, so he’s in the lineup against the Coyotes tonight.
  • To make room, Leo Komarov (sick) has been placed on IR retroactively.
  • That means Cole Bardreau will remain in the lineup for his second NHL game, expected to skate at center and bump Derick Brassard to the wing.

After a four-day layoff, the Islanders have three games in four nights here, with Barry Trotz saying he expects everyone (e.g. Noah Dobson and the extra forwards) to see action this weekend.

But wait, that’s not all. The AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the ECHL Worcester Railers also have busy weekend schedules, and goalie Christopher Gibson is not expected to be healthy enough to play.

Meanwhile, with the three-in-threes for the minor league clubs, Jakub Skarek has been recalled from Worcester to the Sound Tigers — presumably in a backup role — and Linus Soderstrom has been assigned to ECHL Worcester, presumably to get some action.

So a lot is TBD, but there should be ice time for everyone.

Here’s hoping both Islanders NHL goalies stay healthy.