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New York Islanders Roundtable: Tavares’ Worth in Trade Market

Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) prepares for a face-off against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) prepares for a face-off against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) celebrates with Islanders center John Tavares (91) after their game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Islanders won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 1, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) celebrates with Islanders center John Tavares (91) after their game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Islanders won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Matt O’Leary

If it came to the point that John Tavares had to be moved the Islanders should trade with the Calgary Flames. In return, I’d look for Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and maybe a first round pick.

Johnny Gaudreau is only 23 years old an emerging star in this league. Last year, his second full year in the league he put up 78 points. At a young age, he’s already one of the premiere players in the league. From Calgary’s point of view, there’s no way they can get JT without giving up Gaudreau in my opinion.

As for Monahan, he too is young at just 22 years old. He’s put up 60 points now in back-to-back seasons and is off to a nice start this year as well. Then throw in a draft pick and I would pull the trigger on this trade.

I don’t see this as very likely. The Flames would be giving up two very good young stars and a first rounder for a star in his prime. I’m not sure Calgary would want to give up that much, but from the Islanders perspective, I wouldn’t want anything less than a king’s ransom for Tavares.

I don’t think the fans would take to kindly to trading Tavares even for a return like that.

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