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Scott Mayfield Done For Season After Successful Surgery



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Scott Mayfield has missed the last month of action for the New York Islanders and will not be back for the rest of the season after the team announced on Tuesday morning that the defenseman successfully underwent surgery to treat a lower-body injury.

Mayfield, 31, is expected to make a full recovery following the surgery and not have any issues training this summer.

“He’s been carrying this for a while,” Islanders head coach Patrick Roy said. “I’m happy for him. Now he can put this behind him and focus on next year and be ready to play.”

Mayfield suffered the injury during the first game of the season when he blocked a shot off his ankle on opening night against the Buffalo Sabres. He proceeded to miss the next 17 games for the Islanders, and although he eventually returned, he was never quite the same.

“Sometimes, you hate to see things that happen at the beginning of the year,” Roy said. “He was comfortable to play, he was okay to play, but you probably know at some point it will give out. Let’s put it to bed and focus on what’s coming up. I’m happy for him in some ways that now he’s going to take care of himself and he’ll be ready for training camp.”

Mayfield last appeared in a game on Feb. 22 and has dealt with injuries the entire season. To go along with the injury that’s nagged him from the very first game, he suffered an upper-body injury when a shot hit him in the hand in early December, resulting in an eight-game absence.

In total, Mayfield appeared in 41 games for the Islanders this season with five assists while averaging 18:46 of time on ice per game.

Mayfield is in the first year of a seven-year contract he signed with the Islanders last offseason. The contract is worth $3.5 million annually and comes with a full no-movement clause during its first four seasons.