Andrew Ladd placed on long-term injured reserve and sent to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for conditioning on Saturday morning.
Ladd has been out since March with a torn ACL, so the conditioning stint is a necessary part of his recovery to help him get up to game speed before stepping into the Islanders lineup. General Manager Lou Lamoriello had previously told reporters that Ladd was expected to return to the lineup in the latter half of November, though no official timetable has been set. However, a conditioning stint can not extend beyond 14 consecutive days, per the NHL CBA.
Ladd was in a similar situation last season, as he went on a conditioning assignment for a separate lower-body injury in February. The veteran recorded five points (1G, 4A) in two games for the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport has home games on Saturday and Sunday against Lehigh Valley.
Ladd resumed skating with the Islanders on Oct. 5 in a no-contact jersey, and has been a regular participant since Oct. 20.