New York Islanders Daily: Maple Leafs and Isles Meet With Tavares

By Matt O'Leary
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: John Tavares
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: John Tavares /

The Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders were the first to meet with John Tavares last night in Los Angeles as the courting period begins.

So we’ve reached the point where John Tavares is meeting with other teams besides the New York Islanders. It’s a little nerve-wracking, but that’s exactly what we were expecting when we figured this listening period would happen.

Last night he met with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders. The Leafs had a three-hour block where they were going to show John Tavares a power point. From my experience from college, anytime the Professor broke out a power point for a three-hour lecture it was nap city.

The meeting ended after two hours, maybe the Leafs factored in too much time for talking not realizing that the robot John Tavares doesn’t need the spoken language or perhaps JT just got bored of watching the same Auston Matthews highlights over and over again with the Tragically Hip discography playing underneath the video.

Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz were up next. Talk about sending in a tag team. It’s like sending The Legion of Doom in to wreak havoc on the ring, a power move for sure.

One of the benefits for the Islanders is that they can offer him an eight-year deal instead of seven which means more money, plus they now offer one of the best GM and Head Coaching duos in the league.

According to Jonathan Davis, the Isles left and they did not look disappointed. How could they? They’re the front-runners of the Tavares stakes. Now, it’s a waiting game. The next couple days are going to be kind of rough.

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