I don’t believe anyone with the Islanders or within Kyle Okposo’s circle have come out and confirmed it, but reports seem to indicate that the injury that mysteriously appeared over the All-Star break and that will keep him sidelined for 6-8 weeks is a detached retina.
The first thing I thought of when I heard that was Bryan Berard.
You may recall Berard had a similar injury and actually retired because of the risk of further injury, though he did, eventually, play again after a significant layoff, despite the risk of potential blindness if there were to be further injury. Needless to say, after sitting out that long, he never quite lived up to the lofty potential he add prior to the injury.
When I heard about Okposo’s injury, I wondered why the team and Kyle seemed to take such a blase attitude about it. “He’s hurt, he’ll be back in 6-8 weeks, no big deal” seemed to be the message, but if it really is a detached retina, then it is potentially a big deal, though we don’t know enough to be sure.
Islanders Point Blank has some good information straight from the medical community, which sounds like maybe we should be worried about it, if it meets certain criteria. But, again, we don’t really know anything about the details of the injury. So I guess, until we know more, we probably shouldn’t worry.
As to whether we should worry about the team, on the other hand. A three game losing streak is one thing, but the horrific penalty killing and lack of real fire, that I worry about. I don’t think Okposo being injured explains all of what is happening with this team right now. They need to get some things straightened out if they want to make any noise in the playoffs.