The Islanders said the most recent injury was Boychuk’s second to the same eye and that he had undergone “numerous and extensive medical exams” before the call was made to end his career.
“I knew there was something going on, but I didn’t really want to think about it because I wanted to play,” Boychuk said. “You try to play through everything, and I did. Then when I got the tests done, it was an eye-opener, I guess.”
The retirement is financially advantageous for the Islanders. Boychuk, who had two years left on his contract, will be placed on long-term injured reserve, removing his $6 million cap hit from their ledger in 2020-21 and giving the Islanders around $9.9 million in cap space.
The Islanders reportedly have agreements in place with unrestricted free-agent forward Matt Martin, defenseman Andy Greene and goalie Cory Schneider. But the additional cap space that just opened up is crucial to their efforts to re-sign restricted free agent Mathew Barzal, the 23-year-old forward who led the team in scoring the past three seasons.
Source: ESPN NHL