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Islanders expect Alan Quine to miss 4-6 weeks

Florida Panthers v New York Islanders - Game Six

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Alan Quine #10 of the New York Islanders skates against the Florida Panthers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 24, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders won the game 2-1 in double overtime to win the series four games to two. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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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 .