Yesterday, we passed along word that New York recalled d-man Ryan Pulock from AHL Bridgeport on an emergency basis.
And now we know why.
On Thursday, the Isles announced that defenseman Nick Leddy is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
It’s unclear when Leddy got hurt, or what he hurt (he didn’t practice today, and head coach Jack Capuano said the club should know more tomorrow.) Leddy had been loaded up with minutes through the first four games of the year — including a whopping 26:19 in Sunday’s OT win over the Ducks — and played nearly 24 minutes in the club’s last game, Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to San Jose.
The Isles are back in action Friday, when they host the visiting Arizona Coyotes. They’re in a bit of a tough spot, given their 1-3-0 record and the fact one of their most active defensemen is ailing, but Pulock should be a more than capable replacement.
The 22-year-old, taken 15th overall at the 2013 draft, appeared in 15 games for the Isles last season and has been a good offensive defenseman at the American League level, scoring 24 points in 51 games in ’15-16.