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Islanders' Sillinger to have hip surgery, sidelined for season

NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Islanders center Mike Sillinger
will undergo season-ending hip surgery within the next week.

Sillinger, 36, hasn't played since Feb. 5, when he was forced out of
the lineup by a nagging hip injury. He is in the
second season of a three-year deal that pays him $2.2 million this
season and $2.3 million for 2008-09.

The surgery will be performed in Colorado by the doctor who
operated on Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro last summer, the team
said Saturday before the game against the New Jersey Devils.

Sillinger missed New York's game at Carolina on Dec. 31, then
played through the pain for 15 games before shutting it down
earlier this month. He has 14 goals and 12 assists this season.

The Islanders are Sillinger's NHL-record 12th team. Had he
remained healthy for this season, he would've played more games for
New York than any other club. The injury ensures he won't be moved
before Tuesday's trade deadline, the second straight year Sillinger
has stayed in place.

Sillinger, who has played 134 games with the Islanders, has 238
goals and 546 points in 1,042 games in 17 NHL seasons.

The Islanders did get some good news Saturday with the return of
defenseman Bruno Gervais to the lineup. Gervais had missed six
games because of an oblique injury.

Fellow defenseman Brendan Witt
(knee) is still a week or two from playing, and Andy Sutton is
expected to be out four to six weeks because of a torn hamstring.

Another defenseman, Chris Campoli, is out for the season with a
shoulder injury.