New York Islanders fans: the time is now. There has been something circulating around social media that could just save the future of the team.
John Tavares could very well be playing in his last home game for the New York Islanders. A man who has been the heart and soul of this team for years may finally be reaching the end of his time in the blue and orange.
While I hate to look at the negative side as the season comes to a conclusion, the idea of John Tavares playing for another team next year must be discussed. Countless other teams, like the Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, and even the New York Rangers, will make a pitch for the superstar center this offseason, and Tavares may choose to test the free agent market.
There is no faith in the current Islanders management to re-sign the best player they have ever had.
John Tavares has to want to stay with this team — this may seem obvious, but he will have to put aside better offers and teams with better chances of winning if he returns to Long Island.
That is why it is imperative that the Islanders fanbase shows John Tavares how much he means to them. And the best way to do this is with a chant.
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Rangers fans will pile into Barclays Center tonight like they do every game, but there will not be as many fans, as usual, considering the current state of their team.
Islanders fans should have the majority, and they need to use this as an opportunity to get loud and do something that could just save the future of the franchise.
When the clock hits 5:00 in the third period, Islanders fans need to start chanting the name of the player that won the team their first Playoff series in 20+ years, the player who has stabilized the top line for this entire decade, and the player that is irreplaceable.
Sure, this chant may not even start. Sure, it might get interrupted by a stoppage in play. Sure, it may do nothing in convincing John Tavares to stay.
But Tavares is human. He has feelings.
And if Islanders fans show their love as Tavares walks off the ice in what could be his last game with New York, it could just persuade him to stay.
Tavares’ future wife, Aryne Fuller, might look at this gesture and want to stay in an area where her fiancé is treated like a king. The Tavares family would appreciate such a kind gesture, and fans need to make it happen.
So, to summarize, when the clock hits 5:00 in the third period, start chanting. Do not stop until Tavares is off the ice. Let him hear his name as he exits the ice for one last time this season and enters the locker room.
If Tavares wins the first star of the game, drown him out, just like Devils fans do with their best player, Taylor Hall.
John Tavares will face a very difficult decision this summer, but Islanders fans have a chance to push the New York Islanders a little higher on his list. If you are going to the game tonight, make your voice heard, and show John Tavares how much he means to us.