Islanders don’t have major injury concerns for players currently out
DENVER — The Islanders have been snakebitten with injuries, but general manager Lou Lamoriello says there are no long-term concerns regarding the four players who are currently on the shelf.
Lamoriello described Semyon Varlamov, Kyle Palmieri, Cal Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech all as day-to-day ahead of the Islanders’ shootout loss to Colorado on Monday night. Pelech, who is on injured reserve, is not on the road with the team and has yet to begin skating on his own.
Varlamov suddenly left the ice on Saturday in Las Vegas with 6:22 to go in the game and did not return to the bench. He has a lower-body injury, and Lamoriello said the team would “find out in the next couple days” whether imaging would be necessary.
“I think it’s worrisome whenever you see any player leave,” Lamoriello said. “But we’ll know better over the next couple days.”
Palmieri, Clutterbuck and Pelech all have upper-body injuries.
The Islanders emergency recalled Cory Schneider from AHL Bridgeport, and Schneider joined the team Monday morning. Ilya Sorokin started the match against the Avalanche.
“You don’t take it for granted, but when you’re in the league for a long time, you forget what it’s like a little bit,” Schneider said. “The back and forth, the up and down, having to be ready sort of at a moment’s notice. … Any day you’re in the National is always a good day.”
Hudson Fasching and Simon Holmstrom stayed in the lineup for Palmieri and Clutterbuck after both scored against the Golden Knights on Saturday.
“They’ve been playing well in Bridgeport and they have done a good job since they’ve been here,” Lamoriello said. “It’s just great to see them get a finishing product and two big goals.”
Lamoriello declined to comment on Nick Ritchie’s hit on Palmieri Friday night, which resulted in Palmieri getting hurt.
Asked about the proposal to move to an 84-game schedule, Lamoriello didn’t give an explicit endorsement but said more divisional games should be a priority.
“I have my opinion on that; it’s very strong. We should play as many divisional games as we possibly can,” he said. “There’s no question in my mind about that.”
Although the salary cap for next season has not been fully decided, Lamoriello said he believes “everybody is working towards” a continuation of the flat cap, which would see it go up by only $1 million as the players continue to pay off escrow.
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