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Isles’ Grabner (concussion) out indefinitely

Mar 12, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders suffered another key injury on Wednesday, when the upper-body injury Michael Grabner suffered on Monday versus Vancouver was diagnosed as a concussion. Per the club, he will be out indefinitely.

Grabner, 26, has 12 goals and 25 points through 62 games this year and had been playing well lately, scoring three points in his last six games. The Austrian speedster, who scored 70 goals in his first three seasons with the Islanders, is now on the shelf alongside captain John Tavares (torn MCL) — all told, the Isles are now rolling with a dramatically different lineup than they did pre-deadline, given Thomas Vanek is now in Montreal while Andrew MacDonald is plying his trade for the Flyers.

The club is expected to bring up a forward from AHL Bridgeport while Grabner is out. No word yet on who it’ll be.

  1. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    That’s all the Islanders need is another player injured.

    “No word yet on who it’ll be.”

    I doubt Garth Snow even knows who is left on the minor team. Almost the entire current team is made up of minor leaguers.

    • bcisleman - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      This will make 8 players who are rooks although they are all NHL quality players who need a little seasoning. The new player may be Kevin Czuczman the free agent D they just signed.

  2. powerpop18 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Welcome to the Bridgeport Islanders. Hey, they’ve been playing like a minor league hockey club all season long, so this is befitting.

  3. canadiansportsfan77 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Makes the decision about which first rounder to give much easier. They can draft Sam Reinhart this year, and leave that first rounder for 2015. They won’t give Buffalo any increased chance of Connor McDavid next year

    • bcisleman - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      They will surely keep the 2014 pick but if it isn’t a top 2, it will likely be traded.

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