New York Islanders defender Johnny Boychuk announced his resignation on Wednesday due to an eye injury in the 2019-20 NHL season

“I don’t even think it was a decision. If you play with it and find something is wrong and then take tests, it really wasn’t a decision I think it was a life choice, “Boychuk said in a press conference.” If I played again and wasn’t able to see someone come and be hit, I could be a lot worse than I was “

Boychuk had to have sutures and plastic surgery after March had been cut over his right eyelid from the skate of striker Artturi Lehkonen from Montreal Canadiens

The 36-year-old defender has played 725 NHL games. He was named 61 by the Colorado Avalanche in 2002 drafted who sold him to the Boston Bruins in 2008. Boychuk played six seasons with the Bruins and established himself as a physical force helping them win the 2011 Stanley Cup

Boychuk was sold to the Islanders in 2014, where he played 404 regular season games, including 64 last season.He traveled with the Islanders to the postseason bubbles and appeared in three playoff games, being part of the postseason missed after sustaining a head injury in the first round against the Florida Panthers. His last playoff game was Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, in which the Islanders were eliminated by eventual champion Tampa Bay Lightning

The resignation came as a bit of a surprise, as Boychuk reported in June that his eye “appears to be almost 100%” and that being back on the ice was “nothing to worry me”

Islanders said the most recent injury was Boychuk’s second largest injury and that he underwent “numerous and extensive medical examinations” before making the end of his career call

“I knew something was going on but I didn’t really want to think about it because I wanted to play,” Boychuk said. “You try to play everything through and I did it. Then when I ran the tests it was a Eye opener, I think “

Retirement is financially beneficial for islanders.Boychuk, who had two years left on his contract, is being placed on long-term injured reserve, with his cap hit of $ 6 million in 2020- Will cross 21 from his ledger and give the islanders around $ 9 million in Cap Space

The Islanders have reportedly made arrangements with unrestricted free agent striker Matt Martin, defender Andy Greene and goalkeeper Cory Schneider, but the extra margin that has just opened is critical to their efforts to keep the restricted free agent To re-sign Mathew Barzal, the 23-year-old striker who has put the team in the lead for the past three seasons

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