Isles lose Tavares for season: What's next?

February, 20, 2014
Feb 20
By now you have heard the sobering news out of Sochi, Russia, where John Tavares sustained a tournament and season-ending knee injury in Canada's quarterfinal win over Latvia on Wednesday.

The news is a tough blow to Team Canada, but even more devastating to an Islanders squad already reeling heading into the Olympic break.'s Craig Custance writes an excellent analysis of both the short-term and long-term implications of this injury for the Islanders, evaluating the impact of Tavares' absence, the Islanders' pending trade-deadline plans, and a tough decision facing GM Garth Snow over which first-round pick to part with in the (likely) event of a bottom-10 finish for the Isles this season.

Take some time to check it out right here (Insider subscription required).
Katie Strang covers the Rangers, Islanders and Devils for She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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