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New York Islanders: Dylan Reese out 4-6 Weeks with MCL Knee Sprain

Daniel Friedman@DFriedmanNHLCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 24:  Dylan Reese #42 of the New York Islanders in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 24, 2012 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Maple Leafs defeated the Islanders 4-3 after overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Islanders have announced on their official twitter page this morning that defenseman Dylan Reese, who left last night's game against Philadelphia with an injury, has an MCL sprain on his left knee and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

The 27-year-old Reese has three points and a minus-two rating in 16 games for the Islanders this season and, though nothing special, has been solid for them. 

He joins Travis Hamonic (broken nose) and Milan Jurcina (lacerated elbow) on the injured list.

New York called up Aaron Ness from Bridgeport (AHL) to replace Hamonic and, in all likelihood, will be promoting either Matt Donavan or Ty Wishart to replace the ailing Reese.

Wishart has size, something most of the players on this team do not. That would be an added bonus if he was recalled. He also has NHL experience, while Donavan has yet to make his big-league debut.

Having said that, Donavan is a smart defenseman who could be ready to take that next step. I would like to see what he can do at this level.

More to come as this story develops.

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