Defenseman Mike Mottau will undergo season-ending surgery on his right hip to repair a torn labrum. The injury was a lingering issue that pre-dated the eye injury (hyphema) that has sidelined him since November 21.
The 32-year-old veteran, signed when top defenseman Mark Streit suffered a serious pre-season shoulder injury, played 20 games this season for the Islanders.
Goaltender Rick DiPietro has also been placed on the IR with swelling in his surgically-repaired left knee.
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