Anders Lee will be out for the remainder of the 2021 season, including the playoffs, assuming that the Islanders qualify.
Lou Lamoriello met with the media this morning to announce that Lee tore his ACL. He will undergo surgery to repair it later this week.
Here’s a link to Lamoriello’s media availability, plus a Twitter sampling below:
As ACL tears go, Lamoriello claimed that Lee’s rehab should be smoother than that of other knee injuries, as only the ACL was damaged. And they expect him to fully recover in time for next season.
Lou Lamoriello: Lee undergoing surgery this week, will be ready for next season. Done for this one however. #Isles— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) March 17, 2021
LL: Lee has a torn ACL. Rehab will not be as bad as some ACL injuries because nothing else is damaged besides the ACL. #Isles— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) March 17, 2021
Still, though, ACL injuries can ruin careers. I’m speculating here, but a guy like Lee—a big, lumbering skater whose strength in front of the net comes from his thick, tree-trunk legs—might be susceptible to something like that. But Lamoriello’s announcement brings me some comfort that Lee will be fine next year. Get well soon, captain.
In the meantime, the Islanders need to supplement their lineup with another scoring winger. Luckily, Lamoriello says he is on the case.
LL: "Whatever we can do to make ourselves better, we will be doing that. (The Lee injury) does change our (deadline) focus. If we can get ourselves better, we will. We're now looking a little different (at the deadline)."— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) March 17, 2021
LL: We're always trying to find a scoring winger, even without Anders' situation. If we can, we will.— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) March 17, 2021
Interestingly, he said that they had been scouring the market even before the Lee injury. But he certainly will ramp up his search now.
Pierre LeBrun says that he expects Lamoriello to look into all the big names on the market.
So I would think you will see Lamoriello dive in on rental wingers like Kyle Palmieri (if he doesn't re-sign), Taylor Hall, Mikael Grandlud, etc...— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 17, 2021
In other words, Lamoriello and former colleague Kyle Dubas might be dialling up similar phone numbers over the next 3-plus weeks... https://t.co/hgmQoQeg8l