Written By: Eric Conway

It pains me to report this, but Islanders rookie, Andrew Macdonald, left the arena last night in a boot and will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.  This comes the day after the Islanders traded veteran defenseman, Andy Sutton to the Ottawa Senators for a 2nd round draft pick.  Macdonald has blended in nicely since his call-up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and has proven himself as an immediate contribuor for the Isles.  The Islanders rewarded his solid play by signing him to a 4 year extension over the Olympic break.  Macdonald was selected in the 6th round, 160th overall in the 2006 NHL draft.  He played junior hockey under former Islander head coach Ted Nolan, who was the reason the Islanders drafted him in 2006.  Macdonald has posted 1 goal to go along with his 5 assists in his 39 contests for the Islanders this season.

In my opinion, this is a tough loss coming out of the Olympic break.  The Isles just traded away Andy Sutton who logged a lot of minutes and was a physical presense and now we lose Macdonald.  Hopefully recent call-up Defenseman, Dustin Kohn can step up and fill the role as the Isles remain in the fight for the final playoff spot.  The Islanders are 5 points out of the last spot and are coming off a big win against one of the NHL’s top teams, the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Islanders will try and inch closer to the final spot as they take on the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow.

What Do You Think Islander fans? Can we make the playoffs?

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