Are injuries to NHL players at the Olympics the final nail in the coffin for participation?
I personally hope not but there were some pretty big injuries at the 2014 Winter Olympics including John Tavares out for the remainder of the season.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka)
Who pays the remaining portion of the contract? Insurance companies or does the NHL team still have to pay
Apparently Carey Price is hurt now after leading Team Canada to the gold medal. Some injuries like Henrik Zetterberg were aggravated by the Olympics but this did not actually cause his injury.
Let’s look at the biggest injuries from the Olympic Games.
Tomas Kopecky, Florida Panthers
Kopecky took a nasty elbow to the head from Slovenia’s Sabahudin Kovacevic and suffered a concussion. His date of return is unclear at this time.
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
I mention Zetterberg because of his star status in Detroit. Zetterberg already missed 13 games during the NHL season with a herniated disk and aggravated it during the Olympics. He would have most likely aggravated the disk regardless if it was at the Olympics or not but it is still worth documenting.
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
The exciting rookie suffered a knee injury in a preliminary game against Norway and could be out four to six weeks depending on surgery.
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
Kesler injured his hand blocking an Ilya Kovalchuk shot in a game against Russia. Although he continued to play in the Olympic tournament, hand injuries can linger for a while and Vancouver needs all the help they can get.
Fedor Tyutin, Columbus Blue Jackets
Tyutin sprained his ankle and should be out two or three weeks. Not a huge blow by any means.
Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
Zuccarello fractured his left hand and could miss three to four weeks of action. Once again hand injuries can be tough especially for offensive players.
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Another hand injury, this one affects the team a little more, as Paul Martin will be missing from the Penguins line-up from four to six weeks. Martin broke his hand during the USA’s quarterfinal game with the Czech Republic. Pittsburgh is already missing Kris Letang on the blue line due to a stroke. Images
John Tavares, New York Islanders
This is obviously the biggest injury from the Olympic Games. It looked like a very innocent play honestly but Tavares is out for the remainder of the season after a hit from Arturs Kulda of Latvia. The good news is no surgery is required for the torn MCL and meniscus but this obviously is a huge impact for any team, especially one like the Islanders who count so much on their top player.
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The K2LFGM Team