Gionta has only played in one game since his recall from the AHL on Dec. 20. Gionta is being used as the team's 13th or 14th forward which means he will only see game action when a forward or two suffers a short term injury. His first game of the season was Monday versus Buffalo where he registered a single shot on goal in just under 13 minutes of playing time.
The Islanders called up Gionta from Bridgeport of the AHL on Wednesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Some are wondering why the Islanders made this move. Is there an injury that the team hasn't made public yet? Will Gionta step in for one of several struggling forwards? We should find out more during practice Thursday. If Gionta plays Friday he will likely center the third or fourth line.
Gionta (foot) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with AHL Bridgeport Sound on Wednesday. League rules prevent a player from being released from a PTO while injured which means Gionta should be ready to go for the AHL season. Although the center was unable to parlay his tryout into a contract with New York, he will afforded the opportunity to show he still has some left in the tank in the minors. While with the Tigers, the veteran is eligible to sign with any NHL club, regardless of team affiliation.
It is believed that the injury to Gionta is a broken foot, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Players on PTO can't be released due to injury so Gionta is likely to begin this season on IR. The Islanders will reevaluate what to do with Gionta once he is medically cleared to play.
Gionta suffered a lower body injury during Tuesday's matchup with Rangers and will not return. Gionta will head to the locker room and is expected to have further tests performed on the injury, which should eventually give us a better indication of a potential absence. For now, consider him day-to-day until further information is provided.
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