The New York Islanders have announced that they have placed forward Casey Cizikas on injured reserve. Cizikas suffered a leg laceration and is expected to miss three to four weeks. In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Cole Bardreau from their AHL affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Casey Cizikas Out Three to Four Weeks
#Isles Transactions: Casey Cizikas is out with a leg laceration 3-4 weeks and placed on IR (retroactive to Feb. 11). Cole Bardreau has been recalled from Bridgeport.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 12, 2020
Cizikas suffered the injury in the first period of the Islanders 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Cizikas was entering the offensive zone and got tangled up with Flyers defenceman Ivan Provorov. Provorov’s skate came up and cut Cizikas. He left the game and did not return.
In 48 games this season, Cizikas has scored 10 goals and added four assists for 14 points. He has also registered 41 penalty minutes.
Cizikas has spent his entire nine-year career with the New York Islanders where he has registered 74 goals and 97 assists for 171 points in 534 games.
Cizikas was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the fourth round, 92nd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Good News, Bad News for the Islanders
While the news of losing Cizikas for an extended period is obviously bad, it could have been a lot worse. The Islanders must be breathing a sigh of relief that they avoided any serious injury and Cizikas will play again this season.
Cizikas was part of one of what people consider one of the best fourth lines in the NHL. Cizikas centres a line of Matt Martin and Leo Komarov, a line that is certainly a nightmare to play against as they are always finishing their checks. The Islanders will certainly miss Cizikas, as they are already without Cal Clutterbuck, who is another in your face type of player.
With Cizikas out, Cole Bardreau gets the call to the big club. Bardreau has played in nine games for the Islanders this season where he registered one goal and one assist.
The Islanders will play visitors in their next game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, February 13.