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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 21: John Tavares
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 21: John Tavares /

John Tavares: Clarity

The New York Islanders won the Belmont RFP. They’ll be getting a brand new, hockey first arena at some point. Islanders fans should be happy as can be. But there’s just one thing missing from our holiday wishlists.

John Tavares still hasn’t signed an extension.

No one was expecting that the second the New York Islanders win Belmont that Tavares was going to sign an extension. We all secretly hoped it could happen, but we knew in our blue and orange hearts that it wouldn’t be.

What I want to give John Tavares is the clarity he wants right now.

Based on everything he’s said, about wanting to stay and about keeping the channels of communication open I feel like there’s still something missing. There’s still something he needs to figure out before signing on the dotted line.

It can’t be an issue about money. Not only because I don’t see John Tavares as the type to want ludicrous compensation, but also because by all accounts ownership would give him a blank cheque.

So if not Belmont then what? What is he still needing an answer on? The direction of the team? The strength of the squad in years to come?

And maybe now that Belmont is happening the team and Tavare can start hammering out a deal. With the future of the franchise figured out they can scratch one item off theirto-doo list, and now focus solely on the Tavares deal.

This year for Christmas John Tavares will be given clarity. Essentially the answer to whatever he needs to know to make his decision.

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