NHL notes: Tavares won't have surgery on injured knee

Canada's (left to right) Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene pose with...

Canada's (left to right) Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene pose with their gold medals following their win over Sweden at the Sochi Olympics February 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

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It appears John Tavares’ bum knee won’t go under the knife after all.

The New York Islanders superstar’s torn MCL will be rehabbed, foregoing surgery, the club announced Tuesday.

“Anytime you can avoid (surgery), and that’s not necessary, I think that can make a big difference,” Tavares said. “This will really give me a good offseason to get some rest and get stronger and work on a lot of things again, so I’m really looking forward to that. That’s where I’m trying to put my focus now, so certainly that’s a big step.”

After partially tearing the ligament on Feb. 19 while playing for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics, Tavares’ tournament and season were done. He has been placed on injured reserve with a return-to-action timeline set at 8-12 weeks.

“It’s been a pretty good first few days, actually — my knee has responded pretty well,” Tavares told reporters.

It is believed Tavares, who is third in NHL scoring with 66 points, will be fully recovered by next year’s training camp.

PARISE CLARIFIES COMMENTS

Zach Parise feels his comments following America’s bronze medal-game loss have been misinterpreted.

Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Parise said he never intended to criticize Team USA coach Dan Bylsma or his strategies.

“I never took a shot at Dan and I never would,” he told the newspaper.

The Minnesota Wild winger had said the Americans were “passive” and would “forecheck with one guy” during its semifinal loss to Finland.

Bylsma’s “system didn’t have anything to do with why we didn’t win a medal,” Parise said, defending himself. “I said we were passive as a team, not playing a passive system.”

MOORES REFUSED DISABILITY

Ten years later, new court documents allege the National Hockey League refused to hand over $220,000 in disability money to former Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore.

According to the CBC, Moore, who hasn’t played since suffering three fractured vertebrae thanks to an on-ice attack by Todd Bertuzzi in 2004, was apparently denied the money because he would not drop a lawsuit relating to the incident.

The infamous incident happened March 8, 2004.

Trial begins in September in Toronto. Moore is seeking $38 million in damages.

Bertuzzi, his team at the time, the Vancouver Canucks, and its owner, Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, are named in the civil suit.

PREDS LEAVE LEGWAND HANGING

Are the Nashville Predators holding David Legwand hostage?

With the Predators on the outside looking in at a playoff spot with the season winding down, and Legwand’s contract on its last legs, there appears to be no better time than now to consider trading the veteran.

However, Legwand hasn’t heard a peep from management.

“They haven’t said anything all year,” Legwand told the Nashville Post. “Do they really want me here? Or do they want me gone? I don’t know. If they wanted me here, they’d say something. They haven’t said anything.”

Legwand, who has a team-leading 10 goals and 40 points in 59 games this year, has an expiring contract. The 33-year-old forward is in the last season of a six-year, $27-million deal.

Seeing as he has a no-trade clause, the club would have to ask him before making a trade — something that has not happened despite the looming trade deadline of March 5.

“No one talked to me so I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “I thought we would have had a conversation already but — nothing.”

Since being drafted second overall by the Predators in 1998, Legwand has registered 210 goals and 566 points in 953 games.

BRIEFLY

San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture told CSN Bay Area he is confident he will be ready to return to the lineup Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Couture has missed 16 games with a right-hand injury which required surgery. Meanwhile, Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart is listed by the team as day-to-day with an upper-body ailment ... Washington Capitals defenceman Jack Hillen has been sent to the club’s AHL affiliate in Hershey for a conditioning stint. Hillen fractured his tibial plateau in October ... Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Paul Martin will be shelved 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. Martin was injured while playing for the United States at the Sochi Olympics. His teammate, Pascal Dupuis, had successful surgery on a torn ACL two weeks ago. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told reporters Tuesday Dupuis will miss 6-8 months.


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