The New York Islanders recalled forward Andrew Ladd and defenceman Thomas Hickey from their AHL conditioning stints on Tuesday.
Neither player has dressed for the Islanders in the new year, with Ladd having been sidelined since Nov. 13 due to a lower-body injury and Hickey out since Dec. 17 due to a concussion.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said earlier this month the return of both players could allow the team to receive a boost without dipping into the trade market.
“As we get closer to the trade deadline, getting Andrew Ladd and Hickey back, those could be some great acquisitions for us and cost us nothing,” Trotz said. “We’re hoping they get better.”
Ladd, 33, has three goals and seven points in 14 games this season. He posted one goal and five points in two games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Hickey, 30, has four assists in 32 games this season with a plus-8 rating. He was averaging 19:03 of ice time before his injury. Hickey also played in two games with the Sound Tigers, posting two goals and four points.
Also on Tuesday, the Islanders loaned forward Michael Dal Colle to the Sound Tigers.