Former New York Islanders captain John Tavares thinks he’ll get a warm welcome when he returns to Long Island as a Toronto Maple Leafs. Just like I think this article will win me a Pulitzer Prize. (It won’t, that’s delusional.)
Matt and Mitch react to the notion that former New York Islanders captain John Tavares thinks he’ll receive a warm welcome from fans upon his return to Long Island. That’s delusional. There is no way that’s going to happen.
While some fans might not be so venomous in their reaction it certainly doesn’t mean that they will outright cheer for him on his return on February 28th.
Perhaps Tavares’ opinion of the situation is guided by the fact that the three most notable free agent departure from the Islanders – Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and Matt Martin – all got warm welcomings on their returns. Surely, he, the captain, will get one?
That’s not how it works. The three aforementioned players were either deliberately allowed to leave in free agency (even though they wanted to stay), or their contract negotiations were left so late that they were incentivized to look elsewhere.
If Tavares wanted to stay he could have. But as we all know he didn’t want to stay. He might get that nice little video on the Barclays jumbotron, but that’s it. Fans will
be embracing him upon his return.
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