Minutes Played: 1,093 | Rank On Team: 4th
I want to start by declaring that this list isn’t a list of players that need a rest, but rather players that deserve one. Players that have played their hearts out for this team and can use a little R&R.
If John Tavares isn’t at the top of your list your doing it wrong. Tavares is fourth on the team and second amongst skater in terms of ice time with 1,093 minutes this season. Only Greiss, Leddy and Halak have played more than Tavares.
Lets not forget that Tavares also went to the All-Star game as one of the two representatives for the Islanders. Worked the handshake line and whatever else the NHL wanted him to do during the weekend festivities. And then during that two day break he had that big Nassau Coliseum announcement.
I know it doesn’t seem like much but we all know what it’s like to have a day of rest lined up and something happens to disrupt that. Like a kids birthday party. Not your kids birthday. Any kids birthday. It’s not work, but you know you were looking forward to a day of sweatpants and Fargo. Now it’s Paw Patrol and a cackle of sugared up rugrats.
Just replace Paw Patrol for Nassau Coliseum and a cackle of sugared up rugrats for high on nostalgia Islanders fans and politicians and you have John Tavares’ day.
If anyone can use a rest it’s the captain. We know as the professional he is, he won’t take it. And even if he was offered the day he wouldn’t take it. Maybe just us acknowledging what he gives us could be compensation enough. (It isn’t).