Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald is in the midst of a totally different offseason than he was last summer.

After battling through a hip injury late in the 2010-11 campaign, team doctors decided with seven games remaining to shut MacDonald down for the rest of the season. The 6’1, 196-pound blueliner underwent an operation to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and was shelved for the first two months of the offseason.

“It was tough because I really couldn’t train until June,” MacDonald said. “At that point you should be well into your training, and I fell behind the eight ball. I tried to have a really strong summer, but it was tough.”

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