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