The New York Islanders have a big job when July 1 finally comes. Apparently, Buffalo can now be considered a landing spot for John Tavares.
Since the New York Islanders aren’t playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s rumor season. We’ve heard a bunch about a search for a new executive, and now we’re hearing who can possibly land John Tavares if he decides to leave.
According to TSN’s Gord Miller, you can now add the Buffalo Sabres to the list of Tavares suitors. Why would John Tavares want to join the worst team in the league?
It’s a fair question. Miller tries to justify winning the draft lottery as an example of why Tavares would join Buffalo. Outside of Rasmus Dhalin, the assumed number one pick, and Jack Eichel, the Sabres don’t have a ton of pieces. There are complimentary pieces but they’re more than a Tavares away from being great.
Sure, familiar friend, Kyle Okposo is there but he’s declined from his 64 point season that came in his final year with the Islanders. If they sign Tavares, does that mean he’s the second center behind Eichel? And what do they do with Casey Mittelstadt and Ryan O’Reilly?
Yes, every team would like to add a John Tavares that isn’t a secret, but it doesn’t always make sense. Why would Tavares want to go to a team that’s rebuilding and a team that already has three pretty solid centers?
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