According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, the International Olympic Committee will pay John Tavares’ salary for the Islanders while he is out with injury.
Tavares suffered a torn MCL and meniscus in an Olympic game against Latvia on February 19. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks.
Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
The Islanders will kick off the post-Olympic season tomorrow night at the Coliseum against the Maple Leafs and, as you probably know, there have been quite a few changes since the last time the team skated on February 8.
In terms of injuries, Frans Nielsen (broken hand) and Matt Martin (lower body) are both day-to-day and not likely to play tomorrow night. Combined with the injury to John Tavares, that means the Islanders will be without their top two centers following the Olympic break (yikes).
Traded are Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, which isn’t much of a difference given their lack of contributions, but it is a differnce nonetheless.
And last but not least are the trio from Bridgeport; Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Mike Halmo who got the call up to fill holes. Might we see Strome on the first line center tomorrow? Certainly possible and the Islanders don’t exactly have a lot of centers. They’re left with Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson, who are the only healthy Cs. There’s also Josh Bailey, reassigned to wing over the last year plus, who would be likely to move back to the middle and likely Strome as the fourth C.
Here’s a little afternoon roster gazing for you, assuming Thomas Vanek isn’t scratched for trade reasons. Also, I seem to think they’ll keep the Bridgeport line together since they have been playing so well since Strome was sent back down, but who knows: To read more of this story, click here
GEICO SportsNite has reaction from John Tavares who discusses his knee injury and the importance of playing for Team Canada in the Olympics.
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John Tavares will not need surgery on his knee, he told reporters on Tuesday.
The rehab time for his injury is eight to twelve weeks for his torn MCL and meniscus in his knee.
Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Mike Halmo have all been recalled on an emergency loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders announced.
In 37 games for the Sound Tigers this season, Strome has 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists). In 15 games with the Islanders, he has one goal and three assists.
Lee has 22 goals and 19 assists with the Sound Tigers this year. He played in two games for the Isles last season, netting a goal and registering one assist.
Halmo has netted 17 goals with 20 assists in 53 games with Bridgeport. He has never appeared in an NHL game.
Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
After two weeks of injuries, gold medals, injuries, Olympic hockey and even more injuries, NHLers are returning back to North America. The Islanders aren’t the only NHL team going to take a hit — although they will likely be hit the hardest by John Tavares’ injury — as the Rangers, Red Wings, Panthers and Penguins are all going to be receiving damaged goods postmarked from Sochi.
For the Rangers and Red Wings, they are among the three teams that will be losing their leading scorer. Mats Zuccarello is projected to be out a month until mid-March with a broken hand and leads the Rangers with 43 points. Pretty good for a guy who spent the majority of last season in the KHL. In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg is likely to miss the rest of the season due to back surgery because:
Holland said Zetterberg “had a floating piece of a disk lodged in a nerve in his back.”
I don’t know what that even means, but it sounds awful. To read more of this story, click here
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John Tavares (knee) and Frans Nielsen (hand) have both been placed on the injured reserve.
Nielsen’s time on the IR is retroactive to February 8. Nielsen’s broken hand is a non-displaced fracture, which will likely cause him to miss at least another week.
Tavares’ injury is retroactive to February 19, but he will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL and meniscus.
GEICO SportsNite hears from the Islanders yesterday, as Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner talk about moving forward after the loss of John Tavares.