Anders Lee has been placed on long-term injured reserve by Islanders

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New York Islanders center Anders Lee stretches pre game warmups vs Washington Capitals
New York Islanders center Anders Lee stretches pre game warmups vs Washington Capitals

The Islanders announced on Sunday that veteran LW Anders Lee will be hitting the long-term injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury he sustained against the Devils on Thursday night.

Additionally, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Noah Dobson were placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list.

Back to Lee, the LTIR is an interesting list, as it allows a team to make up for the long loss of a player. With Lee on the list, it means that his regular season is basically over because he will have to miss at least 10 games or 24 days, per the NHL's rules for the designation.

But it also allows a team to exceed the NHL salary cap by the amount of that players' cap hit for the season.

So, in this case, the Islanders and GM Lou Lamoriello can go out and make up for Lee's loss by adding a player -- either by trade or free agent -- that doesn't succeed that $7 million.

What happens if/when Lee returns? Well, the Isles will have to get creative and get back under the cap limit when that happens.

There is no news on whether or not the Islanders will make a move, especially considering it would be very hard to get back under the cap if Lee is back healthy. But sitting in first place in the East Division means this is a Stanley Cup contender that wants the best team available on the ice.

Lamoriello could have something up his sleeve down the road.