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New York Islanders Daily: John Tavares Considering Re-Signing During Season

AMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders looks on during the Enterprise NHL Fastest Skater during the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
AMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders looks on during the Enterprise NHL Fastest Skater during the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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New York Islanders captain and pending UFA John Tavares says that he hasn’t ruled out signing an extension before the 2017-2018 season comes to a close.

Surprisingly, John Tavares dropped some pretty big news on us last night. He said that he hasn’t ruled out signing with the Islanders before the season comes to a close. On top of that, he also said the Islanders making the playoffs or not wouldn’t hinder his decision.

Woah, where did that come from? The past few days between the mediocre trade deadline and the poorly worded comments from Yormark has made for some depressing times in Islanders land.

I was pleasantly surprised by these unexpected comments. Tavares seems focused on the ultimate goal. Here’s what he told Newsday:

"“Things happen and change so quickly with the standings and how tight it is for us and where we stand right now. I’m never going to close the door on anything, but at the same time, the priority is to help this team get to the playoffs . . . Whether anything [contract-wise] happens between now and then, we’ll see.”"

John is hitching his anchor to the sinking Titanic right about now. I love the guy for his loyalty but how could he not want to at the very least test the open market before returning back to this poorly run operation that Garth Snow passes off as a hockey team.

The one inkling of a positive news story gave me a little smile last night…just for a brief second and then I realized Garth Snow’s biggest addition at the deadline was a fourth line center.

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