Yesterday the New York Islanders won the bid to develop a brand new arena on the site of Belmont Park Racetrack and John Tavares is currently playing out the final year of his contract. The Islanders hope this will be the deciding factor in his decision to re-sign long-term.
John Tavares has made it abundantly clear he loves the New York Islanders, he loves Long Island, and he’d like to remain an Islander for the rest of his career. While at the same time, he’s intent on returning the franchise to its place among the NHL’s elite.
On many occasions, John Tavares has alluded to his goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to the New York Islanders long-suffering fans. It’s been over 30 years since the glory days of the 1980-1983 Cup winning Islanders, the last real dynasty in the four major sports leagues.
There is no shortage of possible suitors for one of the premier players in the game today. Teams like Toronto, Montréal, and the New York Islanders crosstown rivals, the Rangers are salivating at the idea of adding John Tavares as their top line center.
Tavares New Deal
Since coming into the league in 2009, JT has produced at an all-star level, averaging nearly a point per game throughout his career. The Islanders would be hard-pressed to find a viable replacement if Tavares were to defect. They are banking on the new arena as the final piece to the puzzle in terms of getting John’s John Hancock onto a long-term contract.
Once Tavares signs his new deal, regardless of where he signs he will become one of, if not the highest paid player in the NHL. The New York Islanders have the money earmarked. They are surely hoping they can agree to terms on a contract extension before the end of his current deal runs out at the end of the 2017-18 season.
With the arena deal now sealed and the future looking as bright as it’s been for the New York Islanders in years, hopefully, a new contract for our fearless leader will be the next domino to fall.