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Scott Mayfield injury decision gives Islanders more trade freedom

Scott Mayfield and his $3.5 million cap hit will be placed on long-term injured reserve.

General manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters Tuesday morning before the Islanders’ game against the Blues that Mayfield, who suffered his third injury of the season on Feb. 24 against Tampa, will be injured for the third time this season. He is expected to miss another four to six weeks until his recovery. Surgery for lower body injuries.

The defenseman recently told the Post that he injured his ankle while blocking a shot in the opening game, and it took until the All-Star break for it to fully heal.


Scott Mayfield will likely be out for the entire regular season. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

His game struggled in turns, as Mayfield took a step off the pace and spent 35 penalty minutes.

Sebastian Aho, who has filled in for Mayfield for the past four games, will likely continue in that role going forward.

Lamoriello’s timeline for a potential return coincides with the end of the regular season, about six weeks from now.

This means the Islanders, whose salary cap situation previously prevented them from making trades without matching salaries, can now do so with some cushion.

They’ve already put money into the LTI pool to bring in Kyle McClain, and Hudson Fassing could also be active soon, so unless money goes the other way, they’ll add a big contract. That is still not possible.

But the Islanders seem free to look for depth.

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