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Isles’ Grabner (shoulder) out ‘at least’ 7-10 days

Mar 12, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

Michael Grabner AP

New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner could miss the next two weeks of action with a shoulder injury, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

It’s unclear exactly how the Austrian speedster hurt his shoulder. Grabner, 25, played 13:40 in a 6-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, slightly down from the 15:31 he was averaging heading into the contest.

UPDATE: According to the Isles, Grabner was hurt during the Pens game.

His absence will hurt the Isles on a number of fronts.

He currently sits third on the team in goals, with 10, and fifth in points (13). He’s also second among all forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game and has emerged as one of the club’s top penalty killers.

It’s also unclear who the Isles will recall from AHL Bridgeport to replace Grabner — if anyone. The team doesn’t play again until Thursday (at Tampa Bay), thought it is possible this opens the door for Nino Neiderreiter to rejoin the parent club.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Grabs is the main scoring threat NOT on the top line and, as you say, is the team’s top PK guy and, in fact, one of the best in the NHL. He will be missed.

    Isles were already having to decide (on Wednesday, per Staple) how they would fill the roster spot of David Ullstrom who was returned to Bridgeport. Nino would be the logical replacement for Grabs. Either Brock Nelson or David Persson would be the likely answer for Ullstrom. Certainly represents an opportunity for them and could help the team.

    • bcisleman - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Now it appears that Jesse Joensuu might get the call.

  2. morphineprn - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Bring up niño already!!! He should be up already !!

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