New York Islanders captain John Tavares, who suffered a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his knee while playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, found out Tuesday he will not need surgery and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks.
Initially, the injury was feared to require Tavares going under the knife, but after a visit with the Islanders' medical staff Monday, it was learned it would not be required.
Tavares, who was leading the Islanders in scoring with 24 goals and 42 assists at the break, will still most likely miss the remainder of the season, with New York not expected to make the postseason.
"I've had this MCL before, so I kind of got an idea of what it's like and what it's all about," Tavares told NHL.com. "I had a real good response the first time around my first season back from that injury. I'm just hoping to come back even better and stronger and I've got a good amount of time to work on that.
Tavares is expected to be able to do his full training regimen over the summer and be back at full strength by training camp in September.
The injury forced Tavares to miss the final two games at the Olympics, where Canada won its second straight gold medal.