Islanders website: Reports Rick DiPietro has minor swelling in his knee, and made clear it's nothing serious. Nate Lawson recalled and is expected to make his NHL debut.
Lawson is expected to start over a very rested Dwayne Roloson.
Jon Sim may have been a paper transaction and is with the team.
Islanders website: Nate Lawson discusses his first pro start, Rick DiPietro discusses his injury and Lawson.
Sadly, if this problem has returned after all this time, and if it's the same knee he had surgery on, it could well be the beginning of the end, unless this is a short-term issue or very precautionary which is what DiPietro is taking about.
Having written this nothing minor about a player who has had knee swelling issues over two seasons after two surgeries having swelling, the past has taught us that much.
Very strange Lawson is in goal over Roloson, who has had more than enough rest recently.
The NHL roster freeze for the holidays begins at midnight, so any trade for Roloson would have to happen today, after perhaps losing Rick DiPietro?
Lawson starting makes little sense, he relieved Mikko Koskinen Friday night and allowed a goal on his first shot, he has been injured and plays in a three man rotation for Bridgeport.
In short if Roloson is healthy/not being traded, Lawson is starting because he was due to start in AHL?
Of course, let's call a spade, a spade. Roloson age/UFA status, the teams record, and the current standings scream it does not matter who starts one game.
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