New York Islanders star player and captain, John Tavares will sit out for the remainder of the NHL season. Tavares sustained a torn medial collateral ligament as well as a torn meniscus after being slammed by Latvian defenseman, Arturs Kulda in Wednesday’s quarterfinal game in Sochi.
When speaking to the media today, Tavares revealed he will not need surgery, however approximately 8 weeks of rehabilitation is in his future; meaning that the team’s captain will miss the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. Islanders GM Snow is confident that Tavares will be healthy in time to join the team at training camp in September.
This comes as a catastrophic blow to a struggling Islanders team. Before the Olympic break, the team stood in last place in the Metropolitan division with only 52 points, 9 points behind the 7th place New Jersey Devils.