Tohn Tavares will miss the rest of the NHL season due to MCL injury at the Olympics

John Tavares MCL injury will make him the poster boy for getting the NHL out of the Olympics

2/20/14 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Jan 28, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates during practice the day before the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY SportsOne of the biggest reasons the NHL wants to keep its players out of the Olympics is the obvious injury risk.

Up until now, that has been a largely unfounded concern, and there really haven't been serious injuries at the Olympics that affected NHL teams back home.

That changes this year, with Islanders star John Tavares suffering a torn MCL at the Olympics, and he'll subsequently miss the remainder of the NHL season.

The Islanders are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference at the moment, so it's not like this injury will have an impact on the playoff picture, but it will still make Tavares the example of why NHL teams will be hesitant in the future to send their players off to the Olympics.

As it is now, the NHL was already considering doing away with the Olympic break and keeping the players with their NHL teams during the Olympics. This could be the straw that breaks the NHL camel's back.
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2/20/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25693 respect

I know it's easy to forget how tremendously awful the Buffalo Sabres are, but the Islanders are 14 points above them in the East.
Back to the task at hand; The Tavares injury does magnify the debate as to whether this will be the last year NHL players participate in the Olympics and confirms the belief of just about all GMs that they shouldn't make any deals before the olympic break. This sucks for Tavares as he was having a break out year and is currently in the league in points. It's definitely a blow for the league, Islanders fans and any hopes of seeing NHL players in Korea in 2018