Just got word by way of Tom Liodice over at The Tiger Track, that Bridgeport forward Jeff Tambellini has been recalled. No word on the reasoning behind this just yet, but it’s safe to say that the “knee discomfort” Satan was feeling is a bit more serious than the team is letting on.
I will post an update when I hear something further and I will be posting a post game recap of last night’s tilt against the Flames. I was watching it while playing darts, we were out for my sister’s birthday.
UPDATED 6:51 PM
It appears that our main man over at Newsday – Greg Logan, has posted an entry in his blog about the recall of Tamby and the concerns over the loss of Brendan “The Warrior” Witt.
Injuries to forward Miroslav Satan and defenseman Brendan Witt left the Islanders short-handed and forced them to make a move. Satan sat out the Isles’ 5-4 shootout victory Friday night in Calgary with a sprained right knee and still is listed as day-to-day. Witt suffered a sprained ankle in the first period against the Flames and also is listed as day-to-day.
On the severity of the injuries, apparently the prognosis on Satan is that he will be back in the lineup shortly – however the feeling on Witt is that the injury is fairly severe. The loss of Witt for any extended period of time would be devastating to the team. Witt has been one of the biggest forces on the defensive core since he was signed last season.
Satan should be ready to return to the lineup before too long, but the severity of Witt’s injury remains a mystery at this point. Nolan said Witt would undergo an MRI examination today, but a club spokesman was unsure if that had taken place or if Witt would wait until Monday when the team is back on Long Island.
If tone of voice and body language mean anything, Nolan seemed worried about the possible loss of Witt Friday night. “Those things are scary, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed,” Nolan said of the ankle sprain. “Witt’s one of those tough individuals. Maybe it’s not as bad as we think.”
In other injury news, Greg says that Defensmen Radek Martinek has begun to skate but is yet to practice and Aaron Jonson has started to practice to improve his conditioning. We could see either of these players return should Witt be out longer than a few games. Hopefully it’s not too serious – we could see the Islanders forced to make a roster move from a position of weakness if the injuries continue to pile up.