Boychuk (eye) has been an unofficial coach for the Islanders this season, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Boychuk has been on the ice for the Isles during some practices and is also learning from general manager Lou Lamoriello during games. Boychuk's playing days are over due to the injury, but his contract still runs through the 2021-22 season. He has not stated if he wants to remain in hockey, but a coaching or front office role could be in his future.
Boychuk was officially placed on LTIR by the Islanders on Wednesday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. Boychuk has unofficially retired from playing in the NHL, as an eye injury suffered last season has ended his career. The Islanders have elected to place him on LTIR for salary cap purposes, since this allows them to go above the cap and sign several other players.
Boychuk will end his professional career due to an eye injury suffered during the 2019-20 campaign, the Islanders announced Wednesday. Boychuk played in just three of the team's 22 games in the postseason last year. Even when he was on the ice, the blueliner averaged just 10:56 of ice time in which he garnered four shots, nine blocks and six hits. Over the course of his 13-year NHL career, the 36-year-old Edmonton native saw action in 725 games for Colorado, Boston and New York and racked up 54 goals and 152 helpers along the way. The veteran blueliner chipped in another 30 points in 104 postseason contests that included a Stanley Cup championship with the Bruins in 2011. Given the team's release stated that Boychuk's career was ending, rather than retiring, he figures to spend the final two years of his deal on long-term injured reserve.
Boychuk will play Tuesday's Game 5 against the Lightning, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. The elder statesman on the Islanders' blue line has only suited up once in the postseason -- back in Game 1 against Florida on Aug. 1. Boychuk dealt with an undisclosed injury but was reportedly cleared to play as early as Aug. 24, so he's been serving as a healthy scratch for the 11 games since. Michael Dal Colle exits the lineup as a healthy scratch.
Boychuk (undisclosed) has been cleared to play in Monday's Game 1 matchup with Philadelphia, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Boychuk has been out of action since the first play-in round clash with the Panthers on Aug. 1. The Edmonton native should be in the mix for a spot in the lineup, though coach Barry Trotz may not want to change up the blue line after the Isles beat Washington 4-0 to clinch the previous series in Game 5.
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