After weeks of speculation, Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic and Calvin de Haan disclosed their injuries at Tuesday’s locker clean-out day.
Hamonic told reporters that he suffered a grade-3 tear of his left MCL on April 10 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The injury did not require surgery.
“You could see my facial expression that I knew,” Hamonic said of suffering the injury. “It was immediate. I tried to get off the ice as fast as I could. I was in a lot of pain.”
The original prognosis was six-to-eight weeks, but Hamonic said the rehab was progressing well ahead of schedule. His potential return date could have been as early as the end of the second round.
“I was feeling good and the knee was coming a long way ahead of schedule,” Hamonic said. “I feel confident in my body and my knee, but it was pretty devastating news.”
De Haan revealed that he sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in Game Five against the Washington Capitals. The Islanders defenseman said it wasn’t serious and described the recovery timetable as week-to-week.
De Haan has a history of shoulder injuries – the most recent being a dislocated left shoulder in 2012 – but said they had no bearing on the most recent one.
“I knew it wasn’t a recurring injury from my past,” de Haan said. “I knew I’d be fine within a couple of days. I feel better now.”
He was asked if he would have played in an Islanders-Rangers series, had the Islanders advanced.
“Probably,” he said. “That was the plan.”
Hamonic had a career-year offensively, scoring 33 points, as well as a career-best 28 assists, in 71 games. De Haan had 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 65 games in his second season with the Islanders.