Extend John Tavares
Lou Lamoriello has already started taking steps to address this. Or so we’ve been told. Speaking with Bob McCown and John Shannon on PrimeTime sports Lou neither confirmed nor denied speaking with Tavares. Even though Arthur Staple confirmed it earlier this week.
While the talks seem to have been totally introductory in nature, it can only be a good thing that Lou is being entrusted to make these talks.
Remember, Staple wrote at the end of the season that New York Islanders owners Scott Malkin and John Ledecky are the ones leading the discussion with Tavares and his agent Pat Brisson. Not Garth Snow.
Lou has until July 1st to convince Tavares to stay with the only team he’s known. And if he can’t it would be a massif set back for the Islanders.
Sure, they have Mathew Barzal who could step into the number one center role tomorrow. But what about the second line center position? Or even third line center? The Islanders don’t have options there. And more plainly, the Islanders couldn’t make the playoffs with Tavares and Barzal. Who says they can make it with just one of those guys?
Tavares put up the third 80+ point campaign of his career in 2017-18. He’s just shy of a point per game for his career. He’s top ten at his position in the league. And he’s only 27-years-old.
The Islanders need to extend John Tavares. Without him, the Islanders take a big step backward. If you thought 17 points out of the playoffs was bad, just wait until we don’t have Tavares anymore.