John Tavares has told the New York Islanders that they are out of the running. He will sign with another team and be playing his hockey elsewhere.
After nine years and 669 games in a New York Islanders sweater, John Tavares will no longer be a part of the franchise. I’ve written on this website for two years, and that was by far the most difficult sentence I had to type out.
According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, John Tavares told the Islanders this morning that they are out of the running.
At this point, he has still not signed with another team, but as we wait for that news there is a lot to break down right now. Why?
How many times this year, and over the course of his career, did John reiterate that he wanted to remain with the Islanders? He specifically asked not to be traded at the deadline and then now leaves after running out the clock on the Islanders who were not aware they were out of the running until today.
When Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin took over control of the team their biggest desire was to get John Tavares to stay long-term. Yes, they got the arena done, added a legit General Manager and Head Coach but it was too late the damage was already done.
In nine years the Islanders managed just one playoff series win in his career. It wasn’t his fault. The Islanders never put a proper team around him to make them competitive. He elevated the play of Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, Josh Bailey and many others that were put on his line over the nine seasons on Long Island.
There’s likely a lot of hate and anger right now from Islander fans and I get it. I’m certainly not happy at all, but I’d describe it as a feeling of numbness. I almost can’t believe it’s true. This all has to be a bad dream, and we’re going to wake up and Garth, Dougie, and John will be back.
Now we wait to see where he goes.