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John Tavares told a Buffalo radio station on Thursday that his recovery from knee surgery is going well and that he's been cleared to resume skating.

"Everything's pretty much back to normal," Tavares told WGR 550 in Buffalo. "I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they're preparing for the Memorial Cup for three days and three practices, and I feel really good. I'm just happy I'm able to put this behind me, move forward, and look toward next season." Tavares was enjoying an excellent season before he sustained a torn MCL and a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was hurt while playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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John Tavares thinks the Islanders need to get better at protecting leads.

The Islanders were 15-6-6 when taking a lead into the third period, which was the worst winning percentage in the league in that situation. Every other squad won at least two-thirds of their games when leading through 40 minutes. Tavares also feels the team needs to improve its play at home and on special teams. "We have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, our consistency has to be a lot better," Tavares said. "When we're playing well and doing the right things consistently we're a good team. We showed that last year and we showed that during the stretch from December into January and the young guys showed it at the end of this season."

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John Tavares denied the rumors that he wants to be traded.

"I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There's no part of me that wants to leave," Tavares said. "I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we've still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn't changed." Tavares' season was cut short due to a knee injury sustained during the Olympics. Before that happened, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.

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John Tavares' recovery from a knee injury is going well.

Tavares isn't expected to return before the end of the regular season, but he should be able to engage in his normal summer workout routine. His season ended when he was hurt during the Olympics. Before that, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games this season.

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IOC insurance will cover the remainder of John Tavares' 2013-14 salary, given that he's out with a knee injury that he sustained while playing for Team Canada.

That's noteworthy because Islanders GM Garth Snow bashed the IIHF and IOC following Tavares' injury. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt," Snow said. For his part, Tavares said he would play for Team Canada again if given the opportunity.

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John Tavares responded to Islanders GM Garth Snow's heated reaction to him suffering a season ending knee injury while playing in the Olympics.

Snow bashed the IIHF and IOC, calling the process "a joke" and saying that they want the benefits of having NHL players in the Olymmpics, but none of the risks when it comes to dealing with hurt players. "This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs," Snow said. Tavares responded that he understands why teams are concerned about injuries, but he still thinks the NHL should be involved in the Winter Games. Furthermore, if asked to represent Canada again, he would.

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John Tavares doesn't need surgery after hurting his MCL during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Tavares will miss the next eight-to-12 weeks, so realistically he's still done for the season, but at least that means he won't be spending the better part of the summer rehabbing. Of course, this is still an unfortunate way to end a great campaign. He had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.

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John Tavares (knee) has been placed on injured reserve.

The move was expected because Tavares is going to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season due to a torn medial collateral ligament and a meniscus tear in his left knee. He was third in NHL scoring with 66 points in 59 games prior to his injury, so don't forget to draft him accordingly next season.

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New York Islanders GM Garth Snow was furious over the fact that his team lost John Tavares (knee) for the remainder of the season as a result of him playing in the Olympics.

"Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke," Snow said. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt. This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs." The argument for playing is that it promotes and grows the game, which is ultimately to the NHL's benefit. Additionally, the players enjoy representing their country. That being said, it's hard to argue that pausing the NHL season at a critical point to have some of the league's players participate in an international tournament while others do little more than train and practice doesn't impact the NHL campaign.

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John Tavares suffered a torn left medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus during Canada's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Latvia on Wednesday.

He won't play again this season and his injury sent New York Islanders GM Garth Snow into a tirade on Thursday. "Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke," Snow said. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt." Tavares ranked third among NHL scorers, with 66 points in 59 games, going into the Olympic break. His absence will hurt the fantasy value of his Isles' teammates.