John Tavares Will Miss Rest Of Olympics, Season With Knee Injury

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This isn't good news. Actually, it's probably the worst possible thing that could have come out of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for the New York Islanders.

During Wednesday's contest between Canada and Latvia, Islanders captain John Tavares landed awkwardly on his right knee after taking a hit from Latvian defender Arturs Kulda (video can be found here). Tavares skated off to the bench, but would leave to the locker room shortly after.

Frantically, Islanders fans waited for the news, hoping their franchise star would return, but he wouldn't. Anticipation for Tavares to appear back on the ice turned into a waiting game for an injury report.

Newsday's Arthur Staple was the first to report anything at all on the situation, and it wasn't what Isles' fans wanted to hear.

Team Canada's head coach Mike Babcock would confirm the news, stating, "He's got a leg injury, he's out for the tournament."

The loss of Tavares will be a blow for Canada, but the Islanders will be taking the biggest hit depending on his time out of the lineup. While New York is all but out of contention this season, the biggest question is if he will be ready for the beginning of 2014-15.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, it could be close:

While some will scoff at Tavares being out for the remainder of this season, I worry that he won't  be able to continue his tremendous offseason workout regimen over the summer, something other players (Strome, Okposo) have joined him for while the Islanders have been off from June through August.

Tavares has no points in four games but a plus-3 rating and six shots on goal while averaging 10:39 of ice time per game.

He's also third in the NHL with 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders.

UPDATE - 6:15 PM 

Yikes. Troubling news. If this is the case, the summer can definitely be put into question for Tavares.

UPDATE - 11:00 AM on 2/20/14:

That's it, folks. Tavares will miss the remainder of the season with a torn MCL and torn meniscus. On a positive note, he should be ready for the start of the season. Optimism.

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