New York Islanders Anders Lee Thinks John Tavares Will Stay
By Matt O'Leary
New York Islanders forward Anders Lee isn’t too concerned with his teammate John Tavares’ contract situation. He’s confident it’ll be okay.
The number one story of the offseason has been John Tavares and if he will re-sign with the New York Islanders. His linemate Anders Lee seems rather confident that he will be back with the Isles and that it shouldn’t be an issue at all.
Here’s what Lee said to NHL.com
"“There are few times in our careers where we have the power in the situation. I’m not worried about Johnny [returning] in the slightest. He means everything he says, and he’s a great teammate and a great player and leader. He’s the captain of our team and I don’t expect that to change.”"
That breeze you just felt was a collective sigh of relief from Islanders fans. For the most part, I think fans realize, well rational fans realize, that this is something that Tavares will take his time with.
Certainly, for even the calmest of fans, this contract situation can cause heavy amounts of anxiety. Let’s face it John Tavares is an essential part of what the team is trying to do here. The goal is to win a championship and that doesn’t happen without John Tavares.
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So whenever a teammate, someone close with Tavares comes out and says something like this it breathes a little life back into the fanbase. The sky isn’t falling, he’s not going to Toronto, yes Josh Bailey and Garth Snow are still around but you’ll have to deal with that for at least another year.
What’s happening is quite simple, John Tavares realizes the magnitude of his decision, he knows how important he is to the organization and he’s taking his time. There’s nothing wrong with that and I don’t blame him for a second.
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Soon enough Lee and Tavares will be paired up with their new toy Jordan Eberle and all will be right in the world again. Until then though, it’s a summer of speculation…and depth moves. Lots and lots of depth moves.