IOC to compensate Islanders for John Tavares injury: Source

Canada's John Tavares is attended to by a trainer after being injured playing against Latvia, as...

Canada's John Tavares is attended to by a trainer after being injured playing against Latvia, as teammate Patrick Sharp looks on, during the second period of their men's quarter-finals ice hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

The International Olympic Committee will compensate the New York Islanders after superstar John Tavares was injured at the Sochi Olympics, QMI Agency has learned.

A source tells QMI the IOC will pay Tavares' salary until he returns from the torn knee ligament he suffered against Latvia in the quarterfinals.

The 23-year-old centre from Oakville, Ont., will miss the rest of the season and isn't expected to return to action until training camp in September.

His injury incensed Islanders GM Garth Snow, who blasted the injury risks of having NHL stars take part in the Olympics.

"It's a joke," Snow told New York's Newsday last week.

"They want all the benefits from NHL players in Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt."

Tavares was on pace to have the best season in his five-year NHL career.

He was third in points (66) behind Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf heading into the Olympic break.

Tavares will rehabilitate his torn meniscus and there were no immediate plans for him to undergo surgery.


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