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New York Islanders: John Tavares is Going Nowhere

By Jennifer Lapka
May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) stand for the national anthem before the first period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) stand for the national anthem before the first period of game four of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Islanders off season has been full of buzz, from the changing of the ownership guard to the possibility of a new, more Long Island friendly arena. Perhaps no news could be as good as John Tavares giving a verbal desire to stay an Islander for life.

Before Steven Stamkos even re-signed with the Lightning, tongues were beginning to wag about the Toronto Maple Leafs just skipping over him and putting their focus on John Tavares. The idea of Tavares to the Leafs has kicked into high gear since Stamkos committed long term to the Bolts. As a fan, it’s been insulting to read and hear, despite some level of concern that Tavares could go if he chose.

John Ledecky has come out and said Tavares won’t reach free agency. He’s putting the power of his position and pocket book behind the signing of Tavares. It can’t come as any surprise that the Islanders are going to put all their efforts into keeping Tavares, not just for what he means on the ice, but what he has meant to the organization from the day he was drafted.

Tavares’ free agency is two years away. It’s less than a year before the Islanders can begin negotiating with him on an extension. Chicago wasted no time in extending Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and it’s makes sense for the Islanders that they’d follow in those footsteps.

With the notion that the organization is committed to signing Tavares, it begs to question what Tavares wants. Maybe he answered those questions this afternoon on Toronto radio when he said,

"“I would not count on that… I think I’ve always shown my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island; I would love for that to continue for the long haul. I think you look at some of the greatest players in the game, have been able to spend their entire career somewhere. I hope I’m in that same position.”"

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This is exactly what Islanders fan need to hear, especially with all of the buzz happening lately with ownership and the Barclays Center. It gives a little more power to any statement that John Tavares is going nowhere.

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