Isles’ Anders Lee is Done for the Season

Gabrielle Lopez, Staff Writer

New York Islanders captain Anders Lee will be out indefinitely, due to a torn ACL during an Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils game March 11.

With the Islanders holding a 2-0 lead halfway through the first period, Lee got intertwined with Pavel Zacha, Devils forward, right near the Islanders net. Lee was then shown lying on the ground, unable to move by himself. The captain did not put any weight on his right leg when he was ushered off the ice by medics. Prior to his injury, Lee had the most goals on the team (12 goals) for the 2020-2021 season, which was helping the team greatly with becoming possible playoff contenders. However, it is anticipated that Anders Lee will be able to make a full recovery and be ready to play by next season! 

With Anders Lee being out for the rest of the 2020-2021 season, the Islanders put him on long-term injured reserve which gives them the leverage to use his $7 million in salary-cap to gain some players before the April 12th trade deadline. 

“We’re always trying to find a scoring winger, whether it’s because of Anders’ situation or not,” Lou Lomoriello, New York Islanders President of Hockey Operations said, “Everybody is. That’s not something that’s easy to do. If we can, we will.” 

Without Lee being out on the ice so far as of April 5th, the Islanders have won seven consecutive games and lost four. Hopefully the team can continue playing as well as they are now and become serious Stanley Cup Contenders!