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John Tavares Out For The Season With Knee Injury


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Nathan's avatar

There it is. Top 5 player in the NHL goes down due to the Olympics… 2018 could look a lot different.

Well, at least the Russian team can win in 2018 if the NHL doesn’t send players. :p

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/20/14 at 10:06 AM ET


Yep. This is going to be the case that people point to when saying the NHL players shouldn’t play. I think this is going to be the nail in the coffin.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 02/20/14 at 10:14 AM ET

Chip4Pips's avatar

Looks like we’ve got a seller at the deadline.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 02/20/14 at 10:23 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

A nail in the coffin of NHL participation in the Olympics?

Thank god.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/20/14 at 10:42 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Hopefully this isn’t a nail in the coffin for NHL participation in the Olympics.

Heading into the next round the games and story lines have been great compared to the slogfest that is the NHL regular season. And with the two next match-ups being between Finland/Sweden and USA/Canada, hockey fans should be in for some great action before the medal games.

It’s unfortunate that Tavares got hurt, but that’s the nature of the game—whether it’s at the Olympics or in practice with your own NHL teammates.

Posted by SK77 on 02/20/14 at 11:38 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

One of the best centers in the NHL gets severely injured to play 4th line minutes in the Olympics.  Thats a tough one to swallow.

And I know I’ve said it before, but it still kills me that TJ Oshie is the darling of the Olympics for his never ending skills competition, and guys like Phil Kessel with a natural hattrick or the Latvian goalie with a record setting number of saves versus the all star team of Canada are back burner stories at best.

While I believe the Worlds will never be as big a draw as the Olympics, there will never be better exposure for the NHL than the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with all of your stars healthy and on display playing for the highest stakes.  Thats where the NHL should concentrate its efforts, and leave politically challenged international competition behind.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/20/14 at 12:05 PM ET


What does this mean for his salary I would assume he doesnt get paid for this missed time right? If he does…. must be nice.

Posted by brians neck on 02/20/14 at 12:23 PM ET

Paul's avatar

bn, from a CBC article in July,

Player insurance was one of the major issues the NHL needed to resolve. Reports suggest the cost to be as much as $2 million US per Olympic team.

“There is obviously a risk involved when you bring over a projected 160 [to] 180 NHL players where the total contract value would be around $3 billion [US],” Daly told reporters in May. “This is a risk which must be insured, especially in cases of season-ending or career-ending injuries.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/20/14 at 12:27 PM ET


Forgive my ignorance. Does this mean an insurance company is paying his salary?

Posted by brians neck on 02/20/14 at 12:38 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

This is going to be the case that people point to when saying the NHL players shouldn’t play. I think this is going to be the nail in the coffin.

Posted by VitoLambruski

From your lips to Bettman’s ears, Vito. Enough of this nonsense of “compressing” the NHL schedule in order to take two and a half weeks off at a critical time in the season. Even if no one gets injured at the Olympics, the compressed schedule causes enough of those on its own.

Let the players from the AHL and the minors (plus the college kids) take center stage. I would have loved to see guys like Mantha, Mrazek, Jarnkrok, Athanasiou, Janmark, etc. play in the Olympics. And if they lost to KHL-loaded teams, so be it.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/20/14 at 12:40 PM ET

Chip4Pips's avatar

Why not do what the Summer Olympics does with soccer: make it an essentially an age-level tournament that is not comparable to the World Cup? How about suspending the World Juniors every four years and instead have that age group compete at the Olympics. It is supposed to be the youth of the world gathering to play, not the geriatric set of Sandis Ozolinsh, Teemu Selanne, and Petr Nedved.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 02/20/14 at 01:13 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Forgive my ignorance. Does this mean an insurance company is paying his salary?

Posted by brians neck on 02/20/14 at 11:38 AM ET

Sure, as with most complicated and / or costly transactions, parties really have no choice but to mitigate risk through various means, hedging positions, insurance, whatnot. Here, this isn’t up to the individual players to find insurance, it would be done on a broader level.

There would be no participation in the Olympics if policies weren’t available…it’s obviously very costly as Canadian and US skaters were kept off the ice during their respective orientation sessions a few months back.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/20/14 at 02:15 PM ET

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