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Report: Tavares injures knee, done for Olympics (Update: officially ruled out)

Feb 19, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

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Islanders captain and Team Canada forward is done for the remainder of the Winter Olympic tournament with a knee injury, according to sources of Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

Tavares, 23, was hurt during Canada’s 2-1 win over Latvia in the quarterfinals. He was hit near the boards by Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period and looked to be in pain, immediately skating off while wincing in discomfort.

Tavares then left the bench and didn’t return for the remainder of the contest.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation but, if the injury is serious, it’s a significant blow for the Islanders, who are thoroughly reliant on their young star. Tavares earned his first-ever Hart Trophy nomination for league MVP last season and helped the Isles snap a six-year playoff drought in the process.

As for Team Canada, the injury report — if accurate — means Matt Duchene will draw back into the lineup after sitting against Latvia as the 14th forward. It’s also likely Patrice Bergeron will return to his natural center position after playing the wing this tournament (Tavares started today’s game centering Patrick Sharp and Rick Nash.)


Canadian head coach Mike Babcock has confirmed Tavares will miss the remainder of the tournament due to the injury.

  1. islesjb - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Why Lord must you smite us so? Please don’t let this be anything long-term / career altering

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      maybe they can draft someone who can center another line, so they have more than one scoring threat….

  2. thailer35 - Feb 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Unfortunate fuel for Bettman and Daly’s fire. Get better soon Tavares.

  3. canucks30 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    As bad as this is for Canada, it’s worse for Islanders fans who haven’t had much to cheer about for the past 25 years.

    • islesjb - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Yeah I’m rooting hard for Team USA but with how stacked Canada is, USA’s chances of beating them without JT are not vastly different with him playing. Obviously he’s a difference maker but there are plenty of capable guys to play in his stead.

      The Islanders future on the other hand, is basically on his shoulders and we are royally FKED should something serious happen to him.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Have you watched the Olympics? Canada very nice team far from playing like a stacked Juggernaut, I like USA to win regardless if JT played or didn’t play, just look at the quality of the games each team has player. Canada is Offensively challenged.

  4. imgoingtowichita - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    “WHY …… WHY”

    • bucrightoff - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Come on now, there were no pipes or trailer trash involved in this injury.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        KGB special agent Tonya Harding strikes again.

  5. killerpgh - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Luckily for the Islanders Snow was smart enough (I can’t believe I typed that) to have the option to of keeping this years 1st if it end up being a top 10 pick. Right now they are looking at the 5th overall pick and if JT ‘s injury is serious I don’t see them climbing to much higher.

    • bcisleman - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Snow is actually a smart GM. Isles would have a tough time getting higher than 5th regardless and have an easy sked the rest of the way so not likely to go lower than 3rd.

  6. crazemastercraze - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Well at least he can sit out a few Islander games. What player wouldn’t want that?

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Hopefully he has a quick recovery because he’s becoming a marquee NHL presence and he is the Islanders. This was one reason I was glad that Giroux didn’t make the cut and got a month off instead.

  8. jimw81 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    i heard he has ligament damage.

  9. stateofthesport - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    I wish our players stayed in canada, and they american teams only had americans, lol stanley cup would be coming to the great white north more often,,,

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