Islanders’ GM: “Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season ticket holders now?”
New York Islanders’ GM Garth Snow is far from happy about the team losing its captain John Tavares for the season, but perhaps most of all, Snow is angry with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Islanders GM did not shy away from his frustrations with Tavares’ injury and the IOC.
“Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season ticket holders now?” said Snow. “It’s a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players in Olympics and don’t want to pay when our best player gets hurt. “It wouldn’t matter if we were 10 points up on a playoff spot or 10 points out. We lost our best player and he wasn’t playing for us.”
The issues raised by Snow also bring up the issue on whether the NHL will continue to send its players to participate in the Olympic games. How this all plays out during negotiations for the 2018 games is something to keep an eye on.
The season-ending injury does more harm to the Islanders, as they are 12 points out of a playoff spot with just 22 games remaining. Tavares ranks third in the NHL with 66 points, so this quite a huge blow to the teams’ hopes of reaching the playoffs.
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