Islanders' Tavares will not require surgery, out 8-12 weeks

Feb 25, 11:05 AM

New York Islanders forward John Tavares spoke to the media upon his return to Long Island on Tuesday, and offered the following update on the status of his injured knee.

Tavares said the MCL injury is not a complete tear, but "pretty close." He added he had a similar injury when he was 16, and it took him six weeks to recover.

This news ensures the 23-year-old will be ready to go for the start of the 2014-15 NHL season.

Feb 26, 8:06 PM

IOC to pay John Tavares' salary while he's out of the Islanders lineup

Feb 26, 8:06 PM

Though the New York Islanders will be without the services of captain John Tavares (knee) for the rest of the season, at least they won't have to foot the bill.

According to TVA's Renaud Lavoie and Newsday, the International Olympic Committee will cover Tavares' salary while he rehabs from a knee injury sustained during Olympic competition last week. Tavares' salary will be covered by the 'contract insurance' that was purchased by the IOC and the IIHF as part of their agreement with the NHL and NHLPA that allowed NHL players to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Update: While the IOC will cover Tavares' salary, they'll do so after the Islanders have covered a 10 game deductible.

Feb 25, 5:40 PM

Report: John Tavares' surgery would have been a scope to clean up meniscus

Feb 25, 5:40 PM

New York Islanders center John Tavares will not need surgery on a torn MCL and will instead rehab his knee. The Islanders decided to not go through with surgery, one that Bob McKenzie told TSN Radio 1050 on Tuesday afternoon would have been minor:

"Well there's no surgery but they still say he's not going to play in the balance of this season so he's done for the year no matter what. The surgery they were talking about was just a scope to clear up the meniscus. You hope they're not just putting off the surgery."

McKenzie's concern is that this injury could be aggravated in the future without surgery, and deciding against surgery now could leave Tavares open for injury in down the line.

Feb 24, 2:06 PM

Islanders' Tavares placed on IR, out for remainder of season

Feb 24, 2:06 PM

The New York Islanders have placed forward John Tavares on injured reserve and announced he will miss the rest of the season after suffering a sprained left MCL and torn meniscus at the Olympic Games in Sochi.

The move is retroactive to Feb. 19.

Tavares sustained the injuries during Canada's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Latvia on Wednesday.

Feb 20, 4:02 PM

Islanders GM Garth Snow on losing John Tavares to Olympic injury: 'It's a joke'

Feb 20, 4:02 PM

John Tavares' NHL season appears to be over after suffering an apparent knee injury at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow has made it known that he's quite displeased about losing his star forward.

Snow added "It wouldn't matter if we were 10 points up on a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn't playing for us."

This situation is sure to be as Exhibit A by NHL owners in any argument as to why the players should not appear at any future Olympics. In the immediate future, the Islanders, already staring in the face of another disappointing season will now be forced to endure the rest of the season without their best player.

Feb 20, 7:44 AM

Islanders expect F John Tavares to miss rest of the season

Feb 20, 7:44 AM

According to a report from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the New York Islanders are expecting that captain and Team Canada forward John Tavares will miss the rest of the 2013-14 NHL season.

Tavares sustained a knee injury in quarterfinal action against Latvia on Wednesday, when he collided awkwardly with Latvia defender Arturs Kulda. 

The Islanders captain and leading scorer is remaining in Sochi to support his Team Canada teammates for the duration of the Olympics, but will be examined in New York by team doctors upon his return. 

This is obviously tough news for an Islanders team that is currently 12 points out of a playoff spot, might not own their first round pick at the upcoming NHL draft (it's top-10 protected), and will now be without their captain and best player until the fall. 

Presumably Tavares' injury should cement the Islanders' probable status as "sellers" at the NHL trade deadline next week. The latest news could also result in forward Ryan Strome - who has 46 points in 33 AHL games - getting an extended look in the NHL over the course of the rest of the season.

Feb 19, 6:06 PM

Report: John Tavares may have suffered 'multiple ligament damage' in knee

Feb 19, 6:06 PM

More is becoming known about the apparent knee injury suffered by Canadian forward John Tavares during Wednesday's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Latvia.

Hockey insider Bob McKenzie offered this initial tidbit, which was later flushed out by Arthur Staple of Newsday.

While it's already known that Tavares will miss the rest of the Olympics, this news certainly puts the rest of his NHL season in doubt.

According to Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News, Tavares will have an MRI on Thursday, but plans to stay in Sochi as long as Canada is playing in order to support his Olympic teammates.

Feb 19, 2:58 PM

John Tavares will miss the rest of the Olympics with knee injury

Feb 19, 2:58 PM

Speaking with reporters after Canada's 2-1 quarterfinal round victory over Latvia, Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock confirmed reports that New York Islanders captain and Canada forward John Tavares will miss the rest of the Olympics:

Feb 19, 2:41 PM

Report: John Tavares sustains knee injury, done for Olympics

Feb 19, 2:41 PM

Team Canada forward and New York Islanders center John Tavares sustained a knee injury in a collision with Latvian defender Arturs Kulda on Wednesday, according to a report from Arthur Staple. 

Staple's report, which, cites unnamed sources, suggests that Tavares is done for the Olympics as a result: