Everyone is holding their breath waiting for John Tavares to re-sign with the New York Islanders, but the Isles captain has a different approach in mind.
Yesterday, New York Islanders captain/super star/fearless leader spoke to the New York Post about his contract situation. We’ve covered it a lot on this website, but we feel it necessary to discuss and it’s our obligation to keep you updated on all the changes and developments in the saga.
This time, John Tavares just wanted to reiterate why he finds it important not to rush through the contract negotiations and frankly I don’t blame him.
You only enter your prime once, and that’s exactly where John Tavares is right now. Plus he has the opportunity to cash in on a gigantic pay day. He has every right to mull over the next eight years of his life.
Here’s what John told the Post:
"“I think if I’m signing just to stop the conversation, I don’t think it’s really the right way of going about things. All I can do is control what I can control, be the best player I can be, work as hard as I can and try to be the best captain I can be.”"
He’s exactly right. He can’t make a decision just because we, the fans, want him to. It’s important for him to think this through and no, it’s not selfish for him to take his time it’s actually quite the opposite.
I personally loved this next quote. The context is Johnny discussing Garth focusing on the roster.
"“I think I wanted to just let Garth and management focus on that more than my situation, as there is still time to continue my process.”"
That’s the perfect response as a teammate. Be patient Isles fans, this one is going to be stressful but potentially worth the wait.
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