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Islanders place Nielsen (broken hand) on injured reserve

Feb 23, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders announced Sunday that center Frans Nielsen has been placed on injured reserve with a hand injury. It is retroactive to Feb. 8, the Islanders’ final game before the Olympic break.

Nielsen suffered a broken hand on an Erik Johnson slash and, as of Feb. 11, was expected to be out for a month. Johnson received a two-game suspension for what the NHL Department of Player Safety deemed a “reckless” and “violent” two-handed slash.

The 29-year-old Nielsen, who, according to, is in the second year of a four-year contract worth a cap hit of $2.75 million, has appeared in 60 games for the Islanders this season. He’s scored 18 goals and has 43 points.

It’s tough news for the Islanders, who learned earlier during the Olympic break that their star forward John Tavares is done for the season with a torn MCL. The injury occurred while playing for Team Canada during the quarter-final of the men’s hockey competition in Sochi.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow sounded off on the Tavares injury, clearly not happy with the IOC and IIHF.

“Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season ticket holders now?” Snow asked. “It’s a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players in Olympics and don’t want to pay when our best player gets hurt.”

  1. penguins87and71 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    I could be wrong about this but the Islanders are done for the season. When you lose your top 2 centers you are most likely going to fall apart.

    • bcisleman - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      In terms of the playoffs, they were pretty much done before the break anyway. Obviously losing the #s 3, 26 & 45 scorers in the NHL is going to take a lot of the starch out of the offense. It will, however, give Nelson, Strome and Lee a chance to show what they can do.

      • withseidelinn - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:03 AM

        You can almost guarantee that Vanek won’t be sticking around until the end of the season either. No reason for him to be there now. (Not that there was much doubt to begin with).

  2. djshnooks - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    And that draft pick looks better and better every day…even if it’s another ticket next year for McDavid…either way, it’s good.

    No way they give Buffalo a top-3 pick this year, is there? I know it’s Snow, but c’mon.

    • bcisleman - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Snow is a very good GM who negotiated the top ten clause for a reason. The answer to your question is no. And don’t count on the 2015 pick being in the lottery at all.

  3. arrooo - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    When Snow neglected to get a goalie in the offseason, That was the end of the season. It was over before it started.

    • bcisleman - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      He didn’t neglect to get a goalie. He made trade offer after trade offer but Nino was his main chip & he had too big a cap hit.

  4. carltonthurman - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    It may be a good thing – Isles were done anyway – now they’ll have a better draft position. And with Vanek and McD leaving, they may have 3 1st round picks this offseason –

  5. arrooo - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    And when you have cap problems it is the result of bad contracts given out by your GM. Hence, Snow must go

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