John Tavares Comments On His Off-season Recovery

Published August 27, 2021 at 3:47 PM

John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs' captain, hasn't talked much about his postseason injury or recuperation, but he's been doing well all offseason.

Tavares revealed to the NHL Network on Friday that he has had a smooth rehabilitation, with no setbacks or glitches this summer, putting him in a terrific position to start the 2021-22 season strong.

A terrific offseason for me, obviously in terms of health, but I think even more so in terms of getting back to work and trying to become better and recover properly. I'm fortunate that it was just an episode, and I've been doing great ever since, with no snags or challenges, just kind of building from there.

"I'm having a terrific offseason."

In spite of the initial incident, a vicious, unintentional knee to the head by Montreal Canadiens forward Corey Perry, Tavares appeared to have escaped the worst and had even begun light skating a week later. Tavares has been able to gradually increase the intensity of his exercises, skating with teammates during the offseason in preparation for the Maple Leafs training camp in mid-late September.

"It was wonderful to get back out there and work on some stuff," Tavares added. Come back from injury, get some ice time, and get a feel for my game, then just want to be out there with a strong group of players up here in the north.

JT has 198 points in 201 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, about a point per game. In 870 games over 12 NHL seasons, the 31-year-old has 364 goals and 819 points.

Source: The Score
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