Thursday, January 6, 2011

From Bad to Worse: Eaton out Indefinitely

If not for bad luck, the Islanders would have no luck at all. It's an old adage, but it has never been more true than it is today for the NY Islanders.

The Islanders will play Edmonton tonight after learning that veteran defenseman Mark Eaton requires surgery on his right hip. The man who has played 32 games for the Islanders and blocked 82 shots will be out of service indefinitely. Now, is that "indefinitely" Mike Mottau season ending indefinitely? Or is it more like Mark Streit "indefinitely" until maybe April if there is any season left to play? We are not sure.

But it now makes Jon Sim at 33-years-old the oldest player on the Islanders roster. Dwayne Roloson pushed up their average age all by himself, but he's not there any more. Doug Weight could help out here, and he was skating today saying his back is feeling better. But he has not been cleared to play and there hasn't even been a peep as to when that might be.

The Islanders start tonight having already lost 277 man games due (273 due to injury and 4 of due to suspensions). That is a staggering number.

Please let them call in an exorcist because this has gotten out of hand once again. It is surreal. While all teams go through injury problems, I don't believe any have been as decimated as this team... AGAIN!


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