Tavares Talks Knee Injury, Olympic Regrets, Winnipeg Hecklers

Yesterday John Tavares was interviewed on Leafs Lunch on TSN 1050 (mp3 link) about his injury, going to the Olympics and his young fan who had been heckled in Winnipeg. Tavares had been rehabbing his knee injury that he suffered in the Olympics. On how he feels the injury is progressing:

It’s been going fantastic, I’ve made a lot of progress and things are going really well. I’m back in New York now with the guys, back from our long road trip. I’m very happy with the way it’s going. At first you can be a little worried about how serious it can be. Fortunately for me the news kept getting better and better. I’ve been through this type of knee injury before so I know how I’ve responded from it and am doing everything I can to get back to 100%… 

Did he have any regrets about going to the Olympics?

None whatsoever. I hope we go again. I would love that opportunity again. I told many people it’s hard watching being injured and I’ve never had to miss too much time, knock on wood, and thank God I try to be as durable as I can be. But watching those last two games it was great watching and supporting my teammates but I remember watching in 2002, 2010 and even in 1998… Those couple games [the medal round] are the games you never know if you get to play in and if you get them they’re once in a lifetime… I would love to have that opportunity again… I think in the long run it’s only going to do me good playing in a tournament like that…

On his 11-year old fan that was heckled in Winnipeg:

I was on the road trip so I didn’t hear about it for a few days, actually my girlfriend saw the story online and told me about it. We were both a little bit shaken up… I remember being that age and how much I loved the game and loved to watch certain to players, how disappointing and discouraging something like that could be… I thought it could be a great opportunity to give back and… certainly want him to be a great NHL fan, a great fan of mine and fan of the Islanders… You don’t want him to lose his dreams or his goals or how much he admires the game because of something like that…

I was very similar to all the kids that look up to me now and have aspirations of playing in the NHL and all the want to do is play hockey… To have that kind of support… It’s amazing to me the support I’ve received and I’m very grateful for it…

And finally on how to turn the Islanders around next year:

We did some great things last season… It’s up to every single person in this organization to look ourselves in the mirror at the end of this season and realize we need a lot more from everybody and that’s what it comes down to… Understand the commitment we had last season on a daily basis, a consistent basis and that’s what makes success for playoff teams and championship teams…



12 comments
Dan Coscino
Dan Coscino

JT being too classy to ever request a trade is probably the only thing that will keep this organization afloat until there is an ownership change.

Paul Taddeo
Paul Taddeo

Charlie, can you hear him? Time to look in the mirror, realize that you DON'T have the answers and let someone run (not run down) this team properly. Please.

Chris MacCumber
Chris MacCumber

If he wasn't my favorite Islander before (which he was) he sure is now. Stepping up to make that kid's dreams come true...class act JT91.

doc942
doc942

Tavares is all class.  Very Jeter like in his professionalism, personality and commitment to the Islanders, hard work and hopefully making winners out of his teammates and this organization.

isles23
isles23

Good to hear the recovery is going well. Continue to set the example of how to work JT, the team will follow.

ohiofan
ohiofan

@Paul Taddeo Yea "everyone in the organization" says it all. Garth are you listening?

erika
erika

@doc942 I agree doc, JT's commitment is catchy, but I find it sad that our players have to constantly beat the grunt of defending how poorly this organization is run from the top. 

Don22
Don22

@ohiofan @Paul TaddeoNo doubt.  But they (the players) can't control that.  What they can control is how they play the game.  Making the playoffs last year may have been a fluke due to the short season.  But how they played against Pitt shows they have talent.  They just need to figure out how to put it all together.  There are players on this team right now that have ability but for whatever reason aren't giving the effort or getting results.  THEY need to look in the mirror.  They all said that after getting eliminated last year, but only a handful committed to it.  Outside of JT, KO and maybe Frans and Hamonic - the rest of the team has coasted.  I don't even blame Nabby to an extent because most of the time there is only so much he can do. 

This team needs a lot of parts, but it also has a lot of talent that just needs to learn how to commit all game, every game.

Paul Taddeo
Paul Taddeo

@Don22 @ohiofan @Paul Taddeo  BAD decisions keep this organization from moving forward.

Since 1989, these gentlemen have been between the pipes for this team: Hrudey, Hackett, Fitzpatrick, Healy, Maneluk, Lorenz, Weeks, Draper, Hextall, McLennan, Soderstrom, Salo, Fichaud, Flaherty, Cousineau, Potvin, Luongo, Weekes, Valiquette, Terreri, DiPietro, Osgood, Snow, Dubielewicz, Dunham, MacDonald, Danis, Mannino, Biron, Roloson, Koskinen, Lawson, Montoya, Poulin, Nilsson, Nabokov


Some good, some bad, some, really, who are some of these guys?


Bigger issue though, ever wonder why Islanders goalies have such shitty Save Percentages? No one big enough to clear the crease of opposing players on a regular basis.


That's management, not players.