The Eyes on Isles Podcast returns for episode number 45 as Matt and Mitch will discuss all things New York Islanders on and off the ice.
It’s a very stressful week for New York Islanders fans. We’re awaiting the response from John Tavares on whether or not he’s going to stay with the Islanders franchise or bolt on out for greener pastures.
As you likely know, or if you’re just a casual fan after reading that, you likely understand why there’s been a knot in my stomach since Sunday night.
The show this week is going to be slightly different formatting wise. We have two main topics to hit on, the draft and Tavares, so instead of breaking it into three shorts and one long topic, it’s going to be two long topics followed by the social segment.
Here’s what you can expect from episode 45:
Topic 1: The Draft
The New York Islanders truly lucked out in the draft. Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson fell to the Islanders at 11 and 12. Then in the second round, Bode Wilde was there for the taking and he was someone who was expected to go in the first round.
One can argue the first three picks were amazing value, and we’ll get into the guys the Islanders selected at the draft.
The Islanders didn’t do one thing though at the draft and that acquires a goalie or defensemen. I’m utterly shocked they used all their draft picks, but there wasn’t a ton of movement at the draft, likely because of our next topic.
Topic 2: John Tavares
Since no one knows what John Tavares is doing, the league is awfully quiet at moment. Perhaps, once a decision comes out of the Tavares camp in a couple days, the Islanders and other teams can then go to the next step of their plan.
JT is meeting with six teams this week the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Sharks, Lightning, and Stars. The Lightning and Stars are today and then it’s decision time.
We’ll talk about all the rumors this week and then also our confidence in Tavares coming back to the Isles on an eight-year deal.
Bagel Boss is sending John Tavares free bagels and offering him bagels for life if he remains with the New York Islanders. We’ll get into all that and then #TheGreatBagelDebate. Mitch, a resident of Ottawa Canada, actually believes Montreal bagels are better than New York bagels. Sad.