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Isles suspend Bailey, Joensuu because of overseas injuries

Jan 15, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

Josh Bailey AP

Call it a formality* if you’d like, but the New York Islanders announced on Tuesday that they suspended Josh Bailey and Jesse Joensuu for injuries they sustained during overseas play. Those suspensions are expected to be lifted once they pass physicals.

The Florida Panthers have done something similar with their players who were injured during lockout competition, as both Erik Gudbranson and Marcel Goc are currently in similar predicaments.

Bailey is likely the bigger loss of the two, especially when you consider his strong end to last season (where he scored 17 of his 32 points in his last 19 games). Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports that he had his knee scoped last Wednesday, sidelining him for two weeks to a month.

Joensuu’s dealing with a groin injury, which currently lands him the vague day-to-day label, according to Staple.

Even Bailey isn’t a make-or-break guy for the Isles, yet it would help to have him (and a certain flighty offensive defenseman) if the team wants to catch some people by surprise in a shortened season.

* – On the other hand, some label it a “penny-pinching” move. You can say that things are a little tense in Long Island these days.

  1. bcisleman - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I don’t always agree with Mr. Wang and this is one example. If the owners, of which Wang is one, had not locked out the players neither would have been injured overseas.

    • stakex - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Its a two way street and you know it. The owners AND players are equally responsible for the lockout, and the players knew the risk when they went and played in Europe.

      …and before you cry that “Its the owners that locked the players out!!!” its good to remember that no professional sports league would play in this day and age without a signed CBA. Fehr made it sound like the NHL was doing something outrageous by locking out the players, but it was pretty much the ONLY choice the NHL had.

  2. husky2score - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    This may be a really stupid question, but why would a team suspend someone who was injured while overseas trying to stay hockey-fit? That just seems a little odd to me.

    • stakex - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      So they don’t have to pay them. Why should a team have to pay a player that was hurt playing for someone else? If the player was hurt while training on their own, I don’t think they can be suspended.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Because they are not responsible for a player’s injury that occurred during the lockout, and therefore don’t have to pay a player who is suspended by the team.

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Correct. Training on their own is accepted by teams because it benefits them. This is why some players who went overseas had huge insurance premiums. The new CBA contains language allowing players to get reimbursed for trainers used during the summer.

  5. zetaone - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Why don’t they suspend Dipietro then? Dude gets injured walking down his driveway to get the mail.

  6. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:19 PM


  7. pooinyourface - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM


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