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

Ian McLaren

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.