The biggest offseason contract extension story won’t affect the team. At least that’s what New York Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight believes.
In a recent interview with Brian Compton the New York Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight chimed in on the John Tavares saga. By now everyone knows the deal. The team is looking to extend their captain this offseason before his contract expires at the end of this upcoming season.
Here’s what the coach said about his captain:
"“John wants to win Stanley Cups. He wants to be a Hall of Fame player. He wants to do it as an Islander.”“Make no mistake, John loves it here. I’ll speak for him, I don’t mind. But he’s earned the right to come and make a decision, an intelligent decision. He’s a thinker. He’s not a PR guy that wants to drag it out. But he’s going to do what he sees fit. I believe we have an unbelievable opportunity to sign John. We have things to prove to him. But it’s not going to affect our hockey club. I hope to sign him on July 1, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m not changing my mindset or anything of that nature, and neither is he. That’s the most refreshing thing. We have a big year ahead of us here and we’re not going to let those things affect us personally or as a team.”"
Sorry, I know that was a bit of a longer quote but it’s an important one. That’s the perfect answer from Weight in that situation. He reiterated that John wants to stay and succeed here, but he also went on to say that one player’s contract situation isn’t going to effect the entire team.
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That’s the right attitude about it. Of course, the Islanders want and need Tavares to extend but if for whatever reason he doesn’t sign that doesn’t mean that they can just punt on the season and give up.
I’m pretty confident that we won’t be worrying for long as Islander fans when it comes to Tavares. I guess we will have to wait and see.
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