UPDATED: John Tavares out for season after Sochi knee injury

Wednesday February 19th, 2014

John Tavares of Team Canada suffers a leg injury in Sochi Olympics. Canadians as well as Islanders fans have to be worried after seeing John Tavares go down and out of the Games. (AP)

By Allan Muir

UPDATED: Early this morning, Newsday's Arthur Staple reported that a post-game MRI on Tavares revealed a torn MCL and torn meniscus. The injury will force the 23-year-old to the sidelines for the remainder of the NHL season.

Tavares reportedly will undergo surgery upon his return to New York. He's expected to be ready when training camp opens in September.

Despite a roster that features 11 of the NHL's top-25 scorers, Team Canada can't seem to buy a goal at the Olympics ... and things won't get any easier. In the press conference after his team's narrow 2-1 win over Latvia, Canadian coach Mike Babcock confirmed that John Tavares suffered a leg injury and will be lost for the remainder of the tournament.

The injury occurred when Tavares collided with Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda in the second period. He did not return for the third.

Tavares had been used primarily in a fourth-line role for Canada, but as the NHL's third-leading scorer with 66 points, he clearly had the potential to assume heavier duty if asked.

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