John Tavares done for NHL season with torn MCL, meniscus

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

John Tavares was injured in the second period against Latvia. (Getty Images)
John Tavares was injured in the second period against Latvia. (Getty Images)

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Not only are John Tavares' Olympics over but his NHL season is finished as well.

The Canadian forward was injured in Wednesday's quarterfinal win over Latvia 2-1 when trying to squeeze through a hip check in the corner. He feel awkwardly and remained down on the ice for a few moments before gingerly skating off the ice. He didn't return in the game and afterward coach Mike Babcock anounced Tavares' Games were done.

There was no intial indication what that meant for his NHL team, the New York Islanders, but according to Arthur Staple of Newsday on Thursday morning, they know now.

All things told, it could have probably been a lot worse for Tavares and the Islanders, assuming that he's able to return fully healthy by training camp. The Islanders are out of the playoff race this season and are going to look to sell assets at the deadline.

Still, it's anything but good for the Islanders, nor for fans of NHL players in the Olympics. This is the type of development that gives GMs and owners reason to really detest the Olympic participation. Tavares, who they play a lot of money, was seriously injured playing for a different team. This injury could have happened in any NHL game as well but that doesn't matter, it happened in Sochi and that makes it all the more frustrating.

While the Islanders have had their struggles this season, Tavares was having a fantastic season as he continues his growth toward NHL stardom. He had 24 goals and 42 assists in 59 games.

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