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New York Islanders: John Tavares Contract Is Close (Rumor)

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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The New York Islanders and John Tavares might be closer to a contract than we originally may have thought after the Barry Trotz news.

It’s hard for today to get any better than it already has been for New York Islanders fans. The Islanders hired Barry Trotz just adding another impressive piece to the puzzle that is the 2018 offseason for Lou Lamoriello.

As emotions were running high after a legit top-five coach in the league was hired to be behind the bench for the Islanders, Andrew Gross made things a little more exciting.

So you’re telling me, that on Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Islanders might not only add a new coach to the mix but also a John Tavares extension. That would be a day to go down in the history books.

As Gross goes on to say it isn’t a done deal but why would he come out here and say the Islanders may have good news on Tavares too. This isn’t Incarcerated Bob, or some rumor break account on Twitter. Gross is a journalist, who covers the Islanders year round now for Newsday, I trust his sources.

At this point, John Tavares will look bad if he doesn’t sign with the Islanders. They gave him the best General Manager in the league and arguably a top-five coach in the league as well. With the Salary Cap being announced for $79.5-$80 million maybe that’s all Tavares needed to know.

Next: Islanders Hire Barry Trotz

Don’t forget on the podcast on Tuesday I thought Tavares might sign this week, just had a funny feeling about it. Not saying I called it, but I definitely didn’t not call it either. What a week folks.

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