Sillinger Done for Season

Mike SillingerWell this is unfortunate, yet not completely unexpected news.

Center Mike Sillinger, who played in only seven games this season will not be returning to the Islanders for the remainder of the season following a second hip surgery completed today. Sillinger had two goals in his seven games and never really looked completely healed and/or comfortable once back with the team after a brief AHL conditioning assignment. Sillinger is in the final year of his three year contract, should he decide to return for 2009/2010 – there is no guarantee that the man we call Silli will don an Islanders crest.

Best of luck in the future Mike, thanks for the memories.

Here is the official release:

The New York Islanders have announced that center Mike Sillinger is out for the remainder of the 2008-09 season after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in New York on January 26th. It is the second surgery Sillinger has had on his hip in the last year. Sillinger also missed the final 29 games of the 2007-08 season and first 24 games of this season recovering from microfracture hip surgery.

Sillinger played in seven games with the Islanders this season, scoring two goals. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings with the 11th overall pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, the 37-year-old center has appeared in 18 NHL seasons for a record 12 different teams. Sillinger has played in 1,049 career NHL games, scoring 240 goals and 308 assists for 548 points. In 141 games with the Islanders, Sillinger has tallied 42 goals and 45 assists for 87 points – the highest total for any team in his career.

Michael Schuerlein


  1. It really is a shame.

    I know I’ve heard of this “resurfacing” surgery before (ouch!), but for the life of me can’t remember what athlete had it. I wonder if it’s just to make life better for him, or if he’ll give playing another go next season. Can’t hurt to try.

  2. Whoops – as soon as I hit “submit” I remember: StL Cardinals closer (and former Met, actually) Jason Isringhausen had hip “resurfacing” done and returned to pitch at least one decent season before that and/or other injuries got him again.

    Of course pitching and skating are very different, so who knows what to expect…

    • Dom,

      I think the resurfacing is on the ball of the joint – also known as a bone spur. I had a bone spur removed from my right shoulder two years ago and need to go back for the left one now. Not too fun.


      I think Silli has at least another season left in the tank should he fully recover from this surgery. However, I could see him come back as some sort of faceoff coach to get his feet wet in the coaching world.

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