The New York Islanders just got some good news for a change — John Tavares will not require surgery for his torn MCL and Meniscus, but will need to rehab for 8-12 weeks, according to Newsday reporter Arthur Staple. Tavares will still be out for the remainder of the regular season, but this news solidifies that Tavares will be ready to go for training camp next season.
I can’t stress how important this news is for the franchise going forward. Although it was confirmed that Tavares only sustained a tear in his MCL and Meniscus, it was uncertain whether or not he would have to go under the knife. Regardless of how advanced modern medicine is today, if there is any opportunity to avoid surgery, I am all for it. Complications can arise during medical procedures, and Tavares’ rehab would have been postponed longer to accommodate for the operation.
Tavares suffered a similar injury when he was younger, and told the media that it only took him six weeks to recover from it. Granted, I think the Islanders will proceed with caution going forward just to make sure everything is back to normal. The season is over for the Islanders, and Tavares is not happy that his year had to end like this.
Tavares made it very clear that this injury will not prevent him from participating in the Olympics in the future. Tavares was carried out by his Canadian teammates to collect his gold medal, and he couldn’t have had a bigger smile on his face. If I was in his position, I would have said the same thing to the media. No player ever wants to pass up the opportunity to represent his country, regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, Garth Snow probably doesn’t feel the same way.
Islander fans can sleep better tonight with the news that Tavares will be back to him old self in no time.