But when it comes to serious eye injuries, there are limits to a player’s ability to endure it, and that’s why the York Islanders announced Wednesday that « after numerous and extensive medical examinations, » the The 36-year-old defender’s NHL career has come to an end.
Boychuk’s most recent eye injury, the second in his career, happened on Jan.. March when he was struck by the skate of Montreal, Canada forward Artturi Lehkonen. It took Boychuk 90 stitches to repair a cut above his eyelid. Not long after the NHL season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.
Boychuk only played three postseason games for the islanders when the summer season resumed.
« I knew something was going on (during the playoffs) but I didn’t want to think about it because I wanted to play. You’re trying to play it all and I did, ”said Boychuk, who has a two-year contract with a salary of $ 6 million.
Boychuk, a second round hit (61. ) of the Colorado Avalanche in 2002, had its best individual seasons with the Islanders, including a career high of 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in 2014-15. His best team success, however, was recorded in his six seasons with the Boston Bruins. Boychuk was a regular on the 2011 Stanley Cup championship team, which won its first title in Boston since 1972.
Islanders are likely to add Boychuk to the Long-Term Injured Reserve if they need the place below the NHL salary cap.
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