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Andrew MacDonald needs hip surgery, out for season

Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald. (Feb. 17, 2011)

Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald. (Feb. 17, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Islanders defenseman will have the same operation to repair a torn labrum that fellow defensemen Mike Mottau and Mark Eaton had earlier this year. He's expected to be on crutches for at least two months and it will be close to September's training camp before he can skate again.

MacDonald, who emerged this season as the team's top blueliner, said he's been trying to play through the nagging pain in his left hip since early February, but now that the Isles are all but eliminated from the playoff race, he decided to have the surgery that numerous hockey and baseball players have had, Alex Rodriguez, Marian Gaborik and Rick DiPietro among them.

"It's not something that's impossible to play through, but everyone just felt that at this point in the season, it's best to try and be prepared for next season," said MacDonald, who finishes the year with four goals, 23 assists and a plus-9 rating in 60 games, while averaging a team-high 23:24 of ice time per game. "A lot of this game is mental, and I tried to just play my game, play a smart game, but at the end there it was starting to bother me a bit."

The Islanders recalled Ty Wishart from Bridgeport for the final seven games of the season, including tomorrow's game against the Flyers at the Coliseum.

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