Just got a popup from Bleacher Report stating " John Tavares misses practice, lower body injury, considered day-to-day. As per Capuano. If that is the case, I can really see the Isles tanking and winding up with that #1 pick overall if JT is out any amount of extended time.
He's been getting knocked around a bit lately, but he is a hockey player and he takes it and bounces back. Hope it isnt a knee done wonky or the start of something that needs off-season surgery. Minor strain can be managed with PT and ice. he isn't going to want to miss any games or the Olympics, so they better cover his back.
Can't believe the word "tank" is even being use around here. That's ridiculous. Also I still do t understand how people think its easy to tank. Players themselves will never tank. Now if management wants to ice a horrible team with the hopes of them sucking that's a different story. But players can careless about some future draft pick or a 17-18 year old kid who is not even a teammate yet.
I garentee In 2008 Wieght Guerin Striet didn't give 2 ***** about getting Tavares.
Capuano, Snow, and Wagner need to pull their heads out. Put someone with an edge on the first unit when you play clubs who play the meathead line against him. Enough of this crap already.
In the same regards the refs need to take care of Tavares better. Islander or not the kid is hands down one of the bigger stars of the game. Tavares is not Crosby or Ovy, but again, jt is one of the best young players in the game. The refs owe the kid some respect.
If not we will have a repeat of the penguins game from a few years back. Ya know, the one that got us the label of wreckless goons on skates. Meanwhile, everyone turned a blind eye to the unofficiated abuse.
The gist is that if there's a star player who's clearly the best on the team and gets all the media attention even though they have not won anything substantial, teams have a tendency to improve after that player gets injured and everyone writes the team off. It could be because that person was overrated, because other teammates relied on him too much, a spark and more minutes for guys that may step up, etc.
It would be kind of interesting, with Nelson slotting in the #1C spot (as he did at practice today), maybe Bailey getting a fire lit (wasn't his play at the beginning of one recent season that had everyone excited at a time when JT wasn't playing?), etc.
That said, there is no WAY I want Tavares to not play.
no they dont. its not their job to protect players.......thats the players job.
officials are there to drop pucks and call penalties........not babysit players.
You made my point by CALLING PENALTIES. Teams take runs at Tavares that certain players would get called immediately.
No one said babysitting, but in the same respect, it is within the leagues best interest to keep the best players on the ice. Plain and simple. In a league that is cutting down on fighting and instigating. Yet, lets throw a goon out there and rack up PENALTY minutes for instigating and retaltory calls.