Islanders captain Anders Lee recalled team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello for the rest of the 2021 season with a knee injury.
Lee, 30, injured his right knee during a home win over the Devils last Thursday when he became embroiled with Devils forward Pavel Jacha. Lee is named the team’s leading 12 goal playoff-contestant islanders (19-7-4) along with Brock Nelson. Lamorillo speculated that Lee would be ready for the next season after his recovery.
“This is an ACL and as far as I’ll go,” Lamoriello said at a video news conference. “Doctors are extremely comfortable with 100 percent recovery because of the type of injury.”
He said: “It will not be as bad as ACL injuries because there is something else damaged.”
Prior to the injury, durability was a hallmark for Lee, who signed a seven-year, $ 49 million contract with the Islanders in July 2019. He was playing in his 295th consecutive game when he was injured. Prepared in the sixth round by the Islanders in 2009, Lee has 184 career goals in 520 games.
Lee’s absence creates a dilemma for Lamoriello, who must decide whether to trade for a temporary replacement or stand with the current squad, whose 42 points in the regular season with 26 games remaining in the East Division head Washington Capitals Is tied with. The Islanders have a 9–1 record in their last 10 matches and have been particularly strong throughout the season at the Nassau Coliseum, a 12–0–2 record to top home games against Philadelphia on Thursday and Saturday.
After Lee was injured for a long time, the Islanders would have some salary cap flexibility for the rest of the season and thus get a chance to score like Buffalo’s Taylor Hall or the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri, who would later become unrestrained free agent The season will go.
“It definitely changes our focus,” Lamoriello said. “You lose the kind of player, the role he plays – his injury to our leading goal-scorer. If we can better ourselves, we will. But we will do nothing to do that.
To screen Golu without fear of putting himself in front of an opponent’s trap, he makes a terrible appearance for the lineup and takes the physical punishment it deserves. He has worked on a line with winger Jordan Eberl and scoring center Matthew Barzal.
In Lee’s absence, Islanders coach Barry Trotz replaced 22-year-old winger Kieffer Bellows in place of Lee. Bellows, who was drafted in the first round by the Islanders in 2016, also has a superb style of play and scored three goals in two wins over the Devils last weekend.
Lee’s Quiet leadership The islanders were benefited, having reached the playoffs in the last two seasons under Trotz and set to make their third consecutive postdenson appearance, but this time without their captain. Lee also Missed the team’s playoff run in 2016 When he suffered a torn left fibula in the late game against the Rangers.
Lee has earned the respect of teammates and Islander alumni through his organization of sports and charity events. When islanders Four-time Stanley Cup winner John Tonnelly retires from number 27 Last year, Tonelli made a point of praising Lee, who continues to wear number 27 with Tonelli’s approval.
“I consider 27 as my number,” said Tonelli. “It’s not just mine.”
As the Islanders advance without Lee, Lamorillo maintains confidence in his players, who reached the conference finals last summer.
“We’re not asking anyone to do something different, just to maximize their talent,” he said. “Collectively, you get success. I have said this day throughout my career, individual players will help you win games but teams will win championships. All teams go through these kinds of obstacles. You just have to overcome them. “