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Tavares’ knee ‘back to normal,’ cleared for full activity

May 15, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

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Some good news regarding the health of Islanders captain John Tavares — his recovery from a torn MCL and meniscus in his left knee is going along swimmingly.

“Everything’s pretty much back to normal,” Tavares said, per Buffalo’s WGR550 radio. “I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they’re preparing for the Memorial Cup for three days and three practices, and I feel really good.”

“I’m just happy I’m able to put this behind me, move forward, and look toward next season.”

Tavares, who suffered the knee injury while representing Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, also said he’d be able to undergo his full summer training regimen.

This development will no doubt please the Islanders organization and especially GM Garth Snow, who was furious his captain and star player was hurt while playing in an international competition. Tavares’ importance to the club cannot be understated — at the time of his injury, the 23-year-old sat third in the NHL in scoring (with 66 points in 59 games) and was coming off a lockout-shortened ’13 campaign in which he received his first-ever Hart Trophy nomination as league MVP, carrying the Isles to the postseason for the first time in his career.

  1. hockeyornothing - May 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Great news!

  2. pjblake2redwings - May 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    after the 2019 season is over Tavares is gone! lol He needs to go to a winning team now and not waste his talent

    • bcisleman - May 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      You are full of crap just like all the haters. Even withou good goaltending, the Isles still managed a 2-1 record vs your team. With Halak, that will be 3-0.

  3. bcisleman - May 15, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Was pretty sure he’d be OK when I heard his tear was not as severe as first thought…but good to hear his rehab is going well. The team really gelled in his absence. In fact, their record w/o JT and AFTER the trades of Vanek and AMac was 10-5-3. Sign Halak and a good backup and maybe use the #5 pick to add a quality roster player and the turn around for this team will leave the haters speechless.

  4. canadiansportsfan77 - May 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Great to have him back. This guy could arguably be the best player in the NHL, the only thing he is missing, is that other star player to compliment his style. All the current picks for best in the NHL have a second star to share the power, Crosby has Malkin, Toews has Kane, Stamkos had St Louis, Datter has Zetter, and Tavares has….

    If they give the second line centre role to Strome and move Neilson into a shut down third line centre, they could have that player in Strome, or they need to sign another impact forward.

    If they get Halak signed, then this could be a team not to sleep on next yr. Reinhardt will be there, and they just need to sign one impact defenseman and the defensive game could be swapped around.

  5. bcisleman - May 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Noted Boyle won’t be returning to SJS. Might be a good 1 year deal for Garth to consider. I he does well and Pulock is ready by deadline, he might turn into a nice pick or prospect.

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