Should Worry About
The Montreal Canadiens desperately want John Tavares. It’s absolutely consumed them for the past two seasons. They haven’t wanted something so badly from the Islanders since Denis Potvin was the first overall pick in 1973.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been keeping cap space for exactly this moment. The Habs have just over $18.6 million in cap space for the 2018-19 season. That’s after Carey Price’s $10.5 million AAV and Shea Weber’s $7.875 AAV.
Add Tavares to that duo and the Canadiens instantly become a force in the Eastern Conference. (Assuming Price and Weber stay healthy that is.)
Shouldn’t Worry About
The Montreal market is arguably the largest in the league. Sure, Torontonian’s will say it’s them but have Maple Leafs fans ever rioted because one of their players received a suspension? Cause the Habs did in 1955.
While Toronto media might be intense, they’re nothing like the Montreal media. Which is exactly what John Tavares hates. He hates being the center of attention off the ice. It’s why he loves the Long Island market.
Secondly, keep in mind that Marc Bergevin has been in the GM’s chair since 2012 and the pressure to deliver has reached a boiling point. If Bergevin can’t win a championship as soon as possible he’ll be out of a job. That type of pressure won’t play well with Tavares.
And while the Habs have Price and Weber, their top six is nothing to be happy about. Max Pacioretty is likely gone as soon as Tavares comes in, leaving Johnathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, and Max Domi.