Islanders expect Alan Quine to miss 4-6 weeks

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The New York Islanders announced that forward Alan Quine is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury.

(You might say that their injury descriptions are already in regular-season form.)

The Isles didn’t specify how Quine was hurt, but this puts his timetable somewhere between the early part of the 2017-18 or possibly close to November. If the upper-body injury is code for a concussion or some other more serious ailment, perhaps that six-week maximum would stand as a touch optimistic.

Either way, this opens the door for other Islanders hoping to make the club, even if it ends up being for little more than a “cup of coffee” in the NHL.

After playing two games in 2015-16, Quine appeared in 61 contests for the Islanders in 2016-17 season. During that time, the 24-year-old generated five goals and 18 points.

Quine is no stranger to setbacks in his NHL career. He was originally a third-round pick (85th overall in 2011) by Detroit, only needing to re-enter the draft in 2013, where the Isles snatched him up at 166th overall.

More:Islanders signed Quine to two-year deal in mid-July .