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New York Islanders John Tavares Staying or Going Confidence Meter

UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 26: New York Islanders Captain Doug Weight and Islander forward John Tavares poses for a photo after a press conference to announce Weight's retirement on May 26, 2011 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 26: New York Islanders Captain Doug Weight and Islander forward John Tavares poses for a photo after a press conference to announce Weight's retirement on May 26, 2011 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 27: John Tavares

Michel Anderson

I’m at an 80/20 that John Tavares stays with the New York Islanders. It’s high. I know. But with these recent moves, my confidence is on cloud nine. I have a hard time seeing John Tavares leaving the only team he’s ever known now.

I’ve seen the reports that try to make us believe that John Tavares will 100 percent leave, now that Doug Weight and Garth Snow are gone. And like you I don’t believe a word. How could I? Sure, John Tavares has said in the past that he has faith in both Doug and Garth and that he trusts them. But that should in no way indicated that he’ll leave because they were fired.

Why would he? What has either done as Head Coach and General Manager of the New York Islanders that would lead Tavares to believe these guys can win? They’ve done nothing.

For 12 years Garth Snow has built a team whose single greatest achievement was winning a single playoff round. (That’s not an achievement.) When it comes to Doug Weight, the former Isles captain couldn’t adapt to a deteriorating situation around him. Yes, he fixed the terrible power play, but he couldn’t figure out how to give up less than 50 shots against, and couldn’t figure out a competent penalty kill strategy.

Both were removed from their duties because of their poor performances. Now Lou can bring in someone he trusts and that can steer the team towards structure and success. And Tavares undoubtedly sees that, if he hasn’t already been told by Lou.

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I still believe that Tavares, much like Stamkos, takes those five days to consult with other NHL teams before ultimately deciding to stay with the New York Islanders. But in the end, he stays.

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