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IOC will pay Tavares’ salary during his absence from Isles lineup

Feb 26, 2014, 7:12 PM EST

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It won’t fill the massive void John Tavares leaves behind and it probably won’t cool New York Islanders GM Garth Snow’s temper, but at least it’s something: the IOC’s insurance will cover Tavares’ salary during his injury absence.

That word comes from both TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie and New York Newsday.

Consider this another minor silver lining for the Islanders, as it appears the 23-year-old won’t need surgery on a partially torn MCL. (It’s worth noting that knee injuries can be tricky, however, so we’ll see how his rehab goes along.)

Snow slammed the IIHF/IOC as a “joke” and asked if they would reimburse Islanders season ticket holders for the injury following the tough news on Feb. 20. Obviously, that isn’t the case, but that insurance policy will cover the ongoing portion of Tavares’ $5 million salary for however long he’s absent from the Isles’ lineup.

(Tavares is still expected to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season, even with some optimistic early reactions to his knee issues.)

If Isles fans need a more obvious positive number, consider this: Tavares’ contract carries a manageable $5.5 million cap hit through 2017-18. Granted, that’s a big picture factor, but still.

In the shorter term, the Islanders hope to make up for the loss of their captain by giving greater opportunities to younger players. The Isles get back into action against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

  1. rbbbaron - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    5.5mil for Tavares…(is not too shabby)

    • 19to77 - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Very quickly turning into one of the better bargains in the NHL. Certainly one of the smallest cap hits for a star player.

  2. strictlythedanks - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Awfully cheap of them, was a time machine that could go back and prevent Tavares from going to sochi really too much to ask for IOC?

  3. bcisleman - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Any GM would be PO’d to lose a player of JT’s ability esp on a knee to knee. The season was all but over anyway and even if JT would have been available later on, the Isles would be wise to shut him down. This will be a good opportunity to see what the kids are able to do.

    • angrytwitterguy - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Know what else would be a good opportunity? Wang looking around the league and finding an actual GM.

      He should have thrown money and promises at Jim Nill when he had the chance.
      Find a GM who will get Vanek traded, and then deal with the mess of deciding to give up a top 5 pick this year, or risk next years which would remove the Isles from potentially adding McDavid with Tavares.

      bc….you ready to admit that Garth Snow is incapable and one of the worst things to ever happen to hockey on the island?

      • rbbbaron - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        “ready to admit that Garth Snow is incapable and one of the worst things to ever happen to hockey on the island?”
        No. NYI has consistently been a cap floor team– having one of the lowest (if not THE lowest) payrolls in the league pretty much every season that Snow has been around. You think Snow is to blame for that? If you want someone to blame, then how about ownership that isn’t willing to fully commit to winning. Until that happens, good luck trying to attract the Jim Nills and any other big names in the league.
        Read: no one in their right mind wants to have to work (or play!) under the constraints of stingy ownership

      • angrytwitterguy - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Garth Snow is garbage and it doesn’t matter if he has a low cap floor, a low Cap floor isn’t the reason he traded Nino and 1st round picks for magic beans.

        Get a grip, your dad SUCKS as a GM
        Billy Beane of MLB works with a garbage payroll but he takes his lemons and makes lemonade.

        Garth takes snow and pisses in it, and calls it lemonade.

      • rbbbaron - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Lol, Billy Beane. A great, highly relevant counter-example; glad you picked a guy in today’s NHL working under comparable circumstances.

        So how many games did your superstar Austrian lover Nino play in NYI? And whose decision was that?
        And it’s a shame Snow got absolutely nothing for that 1st round pick, nothing…

      • angrytwitterguy - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        He needed a goal tender, he traded Nino and didn’t end up with a Goalie. He traded a lottery pick and still no goalie. Traded Moulson, still no goalie.

        He’s traded far too many assets and didn’t get the #1 thing the team lacks. That’s terrible management and the lack of money isn’t an excuse for any of the moves.

        I’ll never cease to be amazed by the people who still defend Garth Snow as a GM.

  4. jernster21 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    What’s interesting to me about this is that all the GM’s should have known about the agreement the NHL/NHLPA had with the IOC/IIHF in agreeing to send the players to the Olympics. The main conversation would have likely been about the IOC covering the cost of insurance for players that got injured in the Olympics since the NHL wasn’t financially benefiting from sending the players there. So I can understand Snow’s frustration but he kinda sounded like an idiot with his rant.

    • angrytwitterguy - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Oh he was an idiot long before his rant. He’s been confirming what we already knew with every trade he’s made.

  5. jimw81 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    nice to see ioc finally open their wallets. thats a sign ioc wants the nhl to stay in olympics.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Not really, it’s actually standard

  6. 2qswing - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    what about the other dozen or so injured NHL players missing time with their team? Martin, Tyutin, Zett, Barkov, just to name a few.

  7. hockeydon10 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Looks like the person to rant against in this situation isn’t Snow and it isn’t the IOC. It’s reporters –and bloggers like O’Brien — for failing to report that the IOC always insures NHL player contracts for Olympic participation. This isn’t some new development.

    They may take their due diligence to make sure there is actually an injury before agreeing to have millions forked over to various organizations, but this really is standard practice. And has been for some time.

    Here. This is from last June (!) detailing when the IOC agreed to insure NHL contracts in case of injury.

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/nhl-ioc-inch-toward-sochi-winter-olympics/article12792135/

  8. 2qswing - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    nice job hockeydon, thanks

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