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New York Islanders Top Four Tavares Moments in 2017-18

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders poses for a portrait during the 2018 NHL All-Star at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders poses for a portrait during the 2018 NHL All-Star at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 27: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders poses for a portrait during the 2018 NHL All-Star at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

John Tavares might just leave the New York Islanders in free agency this summer? Rather than dwell on the negative, lets go over the positives of his 2017-18 season.

New York Islanders captain John Tavares was again a top performer for the team that drafted him first overall in 2009. But that can all be undone in just under two months as Tavares could potentially enter the free agent market. It would be the single biggest disappointment to happen to a routinely disappointing franchise in years.

It won’t be pretty around Isles Twitter or any corner of New York Islanders fandom if Tavares leaves but the management group stays. The funnel of negativity that would appear over Long Island would be reminiscent of the time the gateway to Gozer appeared over 550 Central Park West. (We’ve all seen Ghostbusters, right?)

I still maintain that John Tavares will return to the only team he’s ever known. He’s going to test free agency. He’s going to see what the market can dictate for him. But he’ll be back.

My confidence has certainly taken a dip the closer we get to July 1st and I’m sure yours has too. No one’s out here 100% confident that Tavares will stay with the Islanders.

But rather than dwell on the unnerving negative aspects of what could be the worst thing to happen to this team in a long time, let’s look at the positives. Let’s reminisce about Tavares’ top four plays from 2017-18. Let’s realize what we have and what we could have yet again for years to come.

Cause maybe, just maybe it can make us feel better. Or make us feel a whole lot worse. Depends on where you already sit on the fence I suppose.

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