New York Islanders: John Tavares Says He Hates The Rangers

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: John Tavares
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: John Tavares /

New York Islanders captain John Tavares was on 98.7 ESPN New York today when he said he “absolutely” hates the New York Rangers.

One of the best rivalries in the NHL is the one between the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers. Both fanbases can’t stand each other, and since both teams have four championships no one has the “true” bragging rights.

Today, John Tavares went on ESPN Radio here in New York and confirmed his hatred for the crosstown rival Rangers. You can listen to the full interview with Rick DiPietro, Chris Canty and Dave Rothenberg here.

The quote that jumped out the most was his “absolutely” when asked if he hated the Rangers on the radio.

This is kind of a surprise to hear John Tavares talk like that. Usually, he gives the standard robotic like answers. Except this time, instead of saying he loves the rivalry between the two teams he confirmed that he does, in fact, dislike the Rangers.

He may hate the Rangers but he sure loves playing against them with 37 points in 39 career games.

Personally, I love this move. All it did was anger Rangers fans on social media, but how else is an Islander supposed to feel? If Henrik Lundqvist was asked if he hated the Islanders I’d hope he’d say yes.

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That means the rivalry is still strong. Islander fans love hating the Rangers as much as they love their own team. It’s part of the fun and awesome that Tavares joined in on the festivities.