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Lou Lamoriello Confirms Jean-Gabriel Pageau Underwent Surgery



New York Islanders Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Lou Lamoriello confirmed on Tuesday that Jean-Gabriel Pageau had surgery on his hand on Monday to repair an injury he suffered presumably the playoffs.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau had hinted that it was a possibility on Sunday when he met with reporters following exit interviews, but did not say what had ailed him during the New York Islanders postseason run. Lamoriello said that Pageau would be ready 100 percent ready for training camp in September.

“Other than that, any other injuries that we have are the normal injuries that you go through and just time will take care of,” Lamoriello said.

The Islanders centerman missed the last 13 minutes of Game 2 of the series with Tampa Bay, which is when it was believed that he had gotten hurt.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau had put up 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) through the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, clearly hampered by injury, he was held without a point in the seven-game Stanley Cup Semifinals series.

“Obviously I was a little banged up,” Pageau said on Sunday. “Everyone is at this point. It’s not easy playing games every two days and you don’t have a lot of time to recover between the games. I think obviously everyone was banged up, including myself and we’ll see what’s going to be next in the next few days.”

Lamoriello also told reporters during his final media availability of the year that Anders Lee will also be 100 percent for the start of camp. Lee had a more visible presence with the Islanders as the postseason went on, including skating ahead of several of their games and after practices.

He was also seen in the dressing room ahead of several key wins for New York during their series against Tampa. The Islanders captain had been injured in March at Nassau Coliseum during a meeting with the New Jersey Devils and ultimately underwent surgery to repair an ACL  injury.