New York Islanders March Madness Round Five Fan Vote

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: New York Islanders fans celebrate a goal by Anders Lee
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: New York Islanders fans celebrate a goal by Anders Lee /
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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 16: John Tavares /

(1) Tavares Extension v. (5) Worst Goalies

With 89% of the vote the Tavares extension takes this round. We know the Islanders have one of the worst, if not the worst goaltending core in the NHL this season.

But in all fairness the woes of the season can’t be blamed entirely on the goaltenders. Sure, they’ve been bad. And sure they should have been much better than they’ve been. But it’s not like the defense has been any good this season.

But Tavares’ non-extension has been an ongoing issue with the Islanders this season. Wherever he goes the circus follows. It clearly hasn’t been a distraction for Tavares, what with his 73 points in 72 games. But it’s been a growing concern for fans.

Originally we all thought he was waiting for the arena situation to be figured out. But when that was all done he still didn’t sign. Which only meant that he was going to hit free agency, not necessarily walk, but at least hear other offers.

This is the leader of the franchise and it’s star player. Fans feel like if the product on the ice isn’t good enough then Tavares walks. And letting one of the best players int he league walk for nothing is inexcusable, reprehensible management.

And with only nine games left to play, the New York Islanders, while not mathematically eliminated yet are very much out of contention. In Tavares’ walk year.