Lee (knee) told reporters Sunday that he's on track for the start of training camp next season. "I am on track. I was able to do a lot of really good things in the past 13-14 weeks since surgery. Looking forward to continuing on that path and getting ready for camp," Lee said.
Lee suffered a torn ACL on March 11 against New Jersey, so this news is certainly a positive sign for his recovery. The 30-year-old produced seven goals and 19 points over 27 games, as the team certainly missed his leadership on and off the ice despite making it to the Conference Finals. Expect the Minnesota native to resume a top-six role heading into next season if all continues to go well with his injury rehab.
Lee (knee) was spotted skating on his own at New York's morning skate Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Coach Barry Trotz continues to insist that Lee won't be available this postseason, but the winger's ability to skate at this point in his recovery from an ACL injury suggests he should be ready to go by training camp ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. He continues to be around the team and provide off-ice leadership during the Islanders' playoff run.
Lee (knee) is still making his presence felt for the Islanders off the ice, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Lee is out for the season, but he has been seen at the Islanders' practice rink. While the Isles may not be able to replace his leadership on the ice, they are trying to replace some of his production via trade before the deadline. The names that have been rumored the most about coming to Long Island are Taylor Hall of the Sabres, Kyle Palmieri of the Devils, and Nick Foligno of the Blue Jackets. The price for Hall is said to be a first-round draft pick, and general manager Lou Lamoriello may not want to give that up after trading that and more last season for Jean-Gabriel Pageau. While the price may come down as the April 12 trade deadline nears, Palmieri and Foligno seem to be higher on the Islanders' priority list at this point in time.
Lee is set to undergo surgery to repair his injured ACL and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season.
This is a major blow for the Islanders and fantasy managers alike, as Lee has been excellent this season, having racked up 12 goals and 19 points while firing 80 shots on net through 27 contests. With Lee out until 2021-22, look for the Isles to be aggressive at the trade deadline.
Lee (lower body) will miss the remainder of the regular season, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Losing the team's leading goal scorer (12 in 27 games) will hurt, but Lee's absence could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Islanders, who were right up against the salary cap ceiling but can now exceed the salary cap by Lee's $7 million hit during the regular season and still get him back for the playoffs, just like the Lightning are doing with Nikita Kucherov (hip). Kieffer Bellows took Lee's usual spot in the top six and scored two goals in Saturday's win over the Devils, so he'll likely continue to occupy that spot, at least until the Islanders use the cap savings from Lee's placement on LTIR to add another forward via trade.
Lee (lower body) was placed on long-term injured reserve Sunday.
Lee is considered to be out indefinitely, and his placement on LTIR guarantees that he won't return until April 1 at the earliest. The 30-year-old winger was leading the Islanders with 12 goals at the time of his injury. Kieffer Bellows slotted into his first-line role Saturday, and head coach Barry Trotz has noted that Oliver Wahlstrom could fit in that spot as well.
Lee is considered out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
The Islanders have yet to release a specific timetable for Lee's recovery, but he's clearly facing an extended absence. Austin Czarnik and Leo Komarov will likely see additional opportunities while Lee is on the shelf.
Lee (undisclosed) was injured in Thursday's game versus the Devils. Head coach Barry Trotz had no update on his status after the game, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Lee played only 3:35 in Thursday's contest, but he picked up an assist in the first period before he was injured. More information should surface on Lee's status ahead of Saturday's game in New Jersey.
Lee scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Sabres.
His tally less than five minutes into the first period gave Ilya Sorokin all the offensive support the rookie netminder would need, but Lee also fired home an empty-netter to pad his totals. The 30-year-old has a three-game point streak going, and on the season, Lee has seven goals and 10 points in 15 contests.
Lee scored a goal on one of his two shots in Monday's 3-1 win over the Sabres.
Lee opened the scoring with 3:23 left in the opening period, deflecting a shot-pass by Josh Bailey while heading to the net. It was just the third goal in the last 13 games for Lee since scoring a pair on opening night.
Lee scored a power-play goal on three shots while adding two hits in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Penguins.
Lee broke a 3-3 deadlock with 2:44 remaining in regulation, cleaning up a loose puck in the blue paint for his fourth goal of the year. The 30-year-old had entered the night having scored just once in his last eight games since the season opener. Lee is gunning for his fifth straight 20-goal season and is on pace to have a shot at it.
Lee recorded a goal, a power-play assist and seven shots in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Rangers.
Lee's assist on Jordan Eberle's power-play marker may still be changed to a second goal, as the power forward appeared to be the last man to touch the puck before it went in. Either way, this was an excellent season-opening performance for Lee, who's looking to bounce back after scoring just 20 goals last season. He had averaged 34 goals over the previous three campaigns.
Lee seemed to be on a career downswing last season after scoring just 20 goals in 68 games for the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
The 20 goals are a far cry from the 40 he potted in 2017-18 and a handful from the 28 he netted in 2018-19. Sure, he would've added a couple more to that total should the pandemic not had shut down the end of the NHL's regular season, but Lee was still unlikely to reach the 25-goal plateau. Yes, the 40 goals came with playing alongside John Tavares. The latter's defection was going to take its toll, but a 40-50 percent goal loss is a bit much to stomach for a player that is making $7 million per season in Lee. It also doesn't help matters that Lee is 30 years old and plays a physical style, which could hinder his play as his career moves along. Fantasy managers should approach Lee with caution this season.
Lee notched an assist and three hits in Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Lightning in Game 6.
Lee set up Devon Toews for a wrap-around goal in the first period, but that was the extent of the Islanders' offense. In the Eastern Conference finals, Lee was limited to four helpers in six games. The winger had seven goals, four assists, 72 shots on net and 58 hits during the Islanders' 22 postseason games.
Lee had a pair of assists and three hits in Monday's 8-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1.
Lee set up Jordan Eberle on the power play in the first period and Nick Leddy for an even-strength goal in the third. Somewhat surprisingly, those were Lee's first two assists of the playoffs. He's scored seven goals with 58 shots and 40 hits through 17 contests.
Lee scored a power-play goal on seven shots and doled out six hits in Thursday's 5-4 double-overtime loss to Philadelphia in Game 6.
Lee followed up a Mathew Barzal rebound 3:06 into the second period to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead. It was Lee's seventh goal of the playoffs, moving him into a three-way for the team lead. The New York captain has four goals in the series, with three of those coming on the power-play. Lee scored just twice with the man advantage during the regular season despite enjoying the fifth 20-goal campaign of his career.
Lee scored a power-play goal on two shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Flyers in Game 3. He also produced three hits and two PIM.
Lee muscled a backhander past Carter Hart from the doorstep to give New York a 3-1 lead just under four minutes into the third period. The Islanders' captain has now lit the lamp in each of the first three games of the series, giving him six goals overall through 12 playoff contests.
Lee scored a goal on three shots and added a pair of hits in Monday's 4-0 win over Philadelphia in Game 1.
Lee finished off a well-executed 3-on-2 rush midway through the third period to give New York a 3-0 cushion. It was the fourth goal of the postseason for the Islanders' captain, who has found the net four times in the last six games, all at even strength. Lee was held without a point in four games during the qualifying round against Florida, but has since regained the touch that's made him a five-time 20-goal scorer.
Lee scored an empty-net goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Capitals in Game 2.
The tally was Lee's second in as many games as he helped the Islanders move to a 2-0 series lead. The 30-year-old winger has produced just the two goals, along with 15 shots, a plus-4 rating, 11 PIM and 16 hits in six postseason outings.
Lee hasn't returned much on the Islanders' investment in him this season, producing only 20 goals, 23 assists and a plus-8 rating in 68 games.
These are not the numbers the Islanders or Lee expected when Lee signed a seven-year, $49 million contract last July. The problem is that Lee is not anything more than an average skater or puck handler and doesn't possess a hard shot either. What Lee does well is park his body in front of the net and use his size to his advantage. The problem is that with the lack of offensive talent on the Islanders, that big body in front of the net isn't the advantage it used to be, especially since the Isles lost John Tavares to free agency and haven't been able to come anywhere near replacing his level of talent.
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|03/09||vs BOS||W 2-1 (SO)||0||0||0||0||19:23|
|03/07||vs BUF||W 5-2||1||0||1||+2||17:02|
|03/06||vs BUF||W 5-2||1||0||1||+2||17:05|
|03/04||vs BUF||W 5-2||0||1||1||+1||15:39|
|03/02||@ NJ||W 2-1||1||0||1||+1||16:41|
|02/28||vs PIT||W 2-0||0||0||0||0||19:03|
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