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Tavares’ MCL partially torn, won’t require surgery

Feb 25, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders skates down the ice against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on February 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. Getty Images

After a week of mostly bad news, Islanders captain John Tavares relayed some good on Tuesday.

Tavares told assembled media he only suffered a partially torn MCL in a collision with Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda at the Winter Olympics, meaning he won’t need to undergo surgery to repair the ligament.

The 23-year-old also said his expected timetable for rehab is 8-12 weeks.

The injury will still keep Tavares out for the remainder of the regular season though, meaning he’ll miss substantial time (22 games) for the first time in his NHL career. Prior to the MCL tear, he’d appeared in 350 of 354 games since debuting during the 2009-10 campaign.

Related: Isles GM Snow furious over Tavares injury; calls IOC, IIHF ‘a joke’

  1. RoseTintedVisor - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    thank jesus and baby jesus. see you in september 91!

  2. barkar942 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    That means he will be ready to play for the Islanders in the playof— oh that’s right. Without him now they have like zero chance to make it. My bad.
    All kidding aside, I hope he has a complete recovery. Hopefully once the team moves to Brooklyn there will be more ability to get him more top players to work with.

    • bcisleman - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      By the time they get to Brooklyn, the talent in the pipeline will have matured to the point that they will not need much in the way of FA talent. They just need a good #1 goalie.

      • barkar942 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        Agreed. But I think coming to Brooklyn might make signing with the Isles a bit more palatable for some quality free agents. They have a good core and just need a few older leaders.

  3. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Is Garth Snow still being a hypocrite? Before the Olympics, he was crying bloody murder that Okposo wasn’t picked for Team USA. After the Olympics, he was crying bloody murder that Tavares shouldn’t have been there. Which is it, Garth? You can’t have it both ways.

    • bcisleman - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      He was not saying JT shouldn’t have been there. He was saying that the Olympic organization should take more responsibility for injured players. And, yes, he was annoyed that his best player was hurt in a game that has nothing to do with his team. Any GM would be.

  4. imgoingtowichita - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    This article is just filled with Garth Snow quotes???
    How’s the Young street parade planning committee coming along?

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