Okposo four-six weeks, more changes

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/05/2008 02:08:00 PM |
Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog & Mr Botta in Point Blank here report Kyle Okposo will now miss four-six weeks (starting today) with what is being described as a sprained wrist.

Mr Botta asked head coach Scott Gordon about this and if a younger forward will be recalled?

Nate Thompson also returned to practice with Mitch Fritz returned to Bridgeport.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I'm of the school that you need a balance of prospects and veterans.

If a Bill Guerin or Doug Weight are injured you need a veteran to replace him, if a Tambellini, Okposo, Nielsen are hurt you need a prospect to keep the balance correct.

I do not see a youth movement when Bailey-Tambellini-Bergenheim with Thompson a fringe prospect to be kind is the mix. When a game is on the line and it's Park-Hilbert on the ice at a time you need a goal, do not count on them finishing.

Not much more I can write about Okposo that I did not write the other day about the clubs injuries? How does a team give a few days prognosis then he is out four-six weeks with a setback?

Too many players are getting re-injured, some without even playing in games. Is Thompson ready to stay healthy or just return long enough to get hurt again?

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  1. 1) Is the Okposo injury the same injury that has now had a set back or was the original assessment/diagnosis wrong?
    2) Six weeks is a long time for a sprain. Fractures typicaly take that amount of time while sprains are typicaly more difficult to give a time frame for.
    3) On another topic, how much longer does the Tambellini experiment last? He's done nothing this seaso to show he belongs in the NHL. He might simply be what the Caps coach Bruce Boudreau was; a very solid/gifted AHL player who couldn't make it in the show.

  2. 1. Faux, it went from hand injury to really nothing else besides reports of him all but ready.

    2. It seems we now get more information but just as many questions as to why so many players are reinjured or the time frame is wrong.

    3. Tambellini is signed for this year and next year at a contract that is very team friendly. He is doing some good things in the corners and to be fair is not on a club with fast skilled players best suited to his game.

    I think the Islanders have to stick with it and take the growing pains to find out and see what happens when he finally does score a few.

    It usually comes down to that one game that gets them going.

    Twenty games is not a lot.

    Thanks again


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