Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck had a plethora of back issues that will likely require surgery.
Per Arthur Staple of The Athletic, Clutterbuck has a stress fracture, two slipped disks and two rotated vertebrae. Brett Cyrgalis of The Post, reported Clutterbuck plans to meet with doctors soon to discuss surgery options.
The extent of his recovery time could be anywhere between four to six weeks or four to six months and it is hard to imagine it will not be the latter, which would likely mean he would start next season on the IR.
Clutterbuck needed to be helped off the ice in Game 2 of the Islanders' second-round playoff game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
He managed to play through the injuries in Game 3 but was unable to come back out for Game 4 as the Islanders were swept by Carolina.
Clutterbuck, 31, had eight goals, 15 assists for 23 points in 73 games this season and the Islanders were plus-six when he was on the ice.