NEW YORK -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares said the season-ending knee injury he sustained in February is behind him and he'll be 100 percent when training camp opens.
"It [the knee] is great," he said Monday during the NHL Player Media Tour. "I was cleared to play the first week of May, so if we were in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs I'd be playing. I had a normal offseason and the injury has been put behind me for a good three months now."
Tavares missed the final two months of last season after sustaining a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But after rest and rehabilitation, he said he's completely past the injury.
"I'd say it's out of my mind for sure," he said. "I've had a long time. You get in a game, you're always anxious, but I've played in some pretty intense scrimmages throughout the summer. I tried to skate a little more than I usually would just because I've had a lot of time off, probably the most time off I've had in my career with playing. Being three months, almost four months since I've been cleared to play, I've had a lot of time to get over some of those mental things."