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Time Is On The Side Of The New York Islanders Regarding A Contract For John Tavares

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New Yorki Post,

It has been three weeks since John Tavares became eligible to sign a contract extension with the Islanders, and yet he still remains without a long-term commitment to the team.

With each passing day, anxiety rises that the superlative captain will leave the only organization he has known. The 26-year-old has one year left on his contract at a club-friendly $5.5 million salary-cap hit, and general manager Garth Snow likely knows it would be prudent to trade him sooner rather than later instead of letting him walk away next summer for nothing.

But a quick poll by The Post of people in and around the NHL came back with a consensus that this is a case where patience is a virtue, and there is no need to panic — not yet, at least.

It also has been considered not out of the realm of possibility that Tavares could play this year out with Snow listening to all the calls that come in. If no deal is made, then Snow will hold out hope to still re-sign Tavares before he can reach unrestricted free agency next July 1.

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Hockey Topics Today

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- This, too, on (Tyler) Johnson and (Ondrej) Palat, both of whom are eminently movable before their respective no-trade clauses kick in next July 1:

Am I the only one envisioning both of them being part of the package the Lightning would offer the Islanders in exchange for John Tavares at some point this season if No. 91 remains unsigned?

I know the Islanders say (and likely believe) they are committed to riding out the entire season, if necessary, in order to get the captain under contract just the way the Lightning did through 2015-16 when Steven Stamkos was on the cusp of unrestricted free agency. And of course, the Tampa Bay organization’s patience was rewarded when their No. 91 agreed to an eight-year contract extension two days before he could have hit the open market....

- According to a well-placed source, there has been no communication between the NHL and NHLPA regarding the league’s anticipated ruling on which classes of players, exactly, will be barred from participating in the Olympics.

The league unlikely is to prohibit players in the NHL or AHL from going, but Sixth Avenue’s intentions are unclear regarding athletes under contract playing in Europe or in the Canadian junior leagues.

Slap Shots has been told the PA views this as a matter under which individual owners should be permitted to grant permission to their respective team’s players to go to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Indeed, the union would be expected to grieve or otherwise contest blanket prohibition of players under NHL contract from participating in the 2018 Games.

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Morning Line- Arthur Staple On The Contract Situation For John Tavares

Tavares has decided to wait and the Islanders have decided to ride it out, however long it goes. It could be a month, two months or all the way into next offseason before the captain decides he likes what he sees or decides he’s headed elsewhere.

It’s not exactly a comfortable feeling, certainly for Islanders fans who have made it known on social media how they’ll react if Tavares walks away. But the fans might have to live with that queasiness for a little while, because there doesn’t seem to be any decision coming soon.

-Arthur Staple of Newsday where you can read more on Tavares.

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If John Tavares Doesn’t Sign An Extension

Arthur Staple of Newsday answers questions from the fans and has this to say on John Tavares.

If Tavares says no thanks to any extension at any point this season, I think Snow has to trade him. There’s too much distraction in holding onto him to make a playoff run, and I can’t see how he or his teammates would be able to focus if he’d made it clear he’s out the door.

The trade request is tricky, especially if this all were to happen close to the deadline in February. Snow can ask for whatever he wants — a team’s two best prospects, their first-rounders this year and next, maybe a top-six forward off a roster — but the response would be limited with just a few weeks to go in the season.

I’d say if a trade were to be bargained before the season, it would be two A-level prospects, two draft picks (including one first-rounder) and a roster forward. Just a guess.

more plus other NYI related questions including offer sheets...

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Travis Hamonic Headed to Calgary

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added 11:46am, Calgary release is below...

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Looks Like Jordan Eberle Headed To The New York Islanders

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The Islanders May Have A Deal In Place With Golden Knights Plus Looking For Offense

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round pick to Vegas to steer the expansion franchise toward selecting a designated player off the Isles’ unprotected list, two NHL sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday.

TSN first reported the existence of the deal.

The player designated for selection is still unknown, though clearly the goal for general manager Garth Snow is to clear some salary-cap space to upgrade the team’s roster before next season.

The deal also includes a third piece going to Vegas. There is a strong possibility that it would be Mikhail Grabovski, who has yet to be cleared to play after suffering a concussion in March of 2016. Grabovski’s $5-million cap hit is on the books for one more season for the Islanders, who are already within $4 million and change of the coming season’s $75-million salary cap.

Multiple reports indicate that Snow has been working the phones to try and secure a high-end offensive talent to bolster the team behind John Tavares.

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Huh? I Don’t See It Either Regarding John Tavares

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Blue Jackets’ second priority is acquiring a game-changing forward, preferably a top-line center. It is going to hurt. I don’t know what is in any deal with Las Vegas, but in any case, there will be pain in the deal, and there will be more pain if the Jackets can swing something for an elite sniper or playmaker.

There is talk that John Tavares — a terrific No. 1 center — is available in trade. I don’t see it. If you are the New York Islanders, you sign Tavares, and if you are Tavares and won’t sign with the Islanders, you wait a year, drive a Brinks truck to the free-agent market and choose your destination.

I would bet the Blue Jackets have made a play for Tavares and offered a boatload of assets, but any deal would be contingent on Tavares agreeing to a contract. I don’t see it.

more on the Blue Jackets...

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A Letter To A Young Mike Bossy

from Mike Bossy at The Players' Tribune,

Dear 14-year-old Mike,

I write to you today as a 60-year-old man, and I have some news from the future that you probably aren’t going to believe.

There are 30 teams in the NHL in the year 2017, and next season, there’s going to be one in Las Vegas.

Guys don’t smoke cigarettes and drink black coffee at intermission anymore. They drink smoothies and “stretch.”

The going rate for a 50-goal scorer is about $9 million a year.

And fighting is considered a dying art.

I know the last one probably sounds pretty good to you right now. You’re about to experience more than your fair share of violence. In fact, the reason I’m writing to you now is because you’re about to go through one of the toughest times you’ll ever have to face.

I hope you have enjoyed your beautiful nose for the past 14 years, because pretty soon it’s not going to be so straight anymore.

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Thomas Greiss Apologizes For Political Post

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss issued an apology for causing an uproar in his native Germany for several Instagram posts that he “liked” during the U.S. presidential campaign, one of which compared Hillary Clinton to Adolf Hitler.

Greiss’ social media behavior had drawn the attention of the German hockey federation, for whom Greiss is currently playing in the World Championships in Cologne. The head of the federation strongly criticized Greiss’ behavior, forcing the Islanders and Greiss to give Newsday statements last night.

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