New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow expressed dismay about losing their best player John Tavares to a season-ending injury in the Olympics without reimbursement.
Snow said it’s a “joke” that the IIHF and International Olympic Committee can use NHL players in such a manner.
Tavares suffered tears to the MCL and meniscus in his left knee during Canada’s quarterfinal win Wednesday and will miss the rest of the NHL season.
“This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn’t be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs,” Snow told Newsday.
Snow said Tavares’ injury not ony affects their playoff hopes but also paying fans who wanted to see him play.
He added that he doesn’t blame players for wanting to play for their countries, but there’s just too much at stake with NHL players.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has yet to commit the league’s players to the 2018 Winter Games.