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What Team Could John Tavares Sign With?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

...there will be serious bidders, perhaps as close by as the Rangers and Devils, both of whom have cap space. Of the two, the resurgent Devils might be the most appealing to Tavares, what with MVP candidate Taylor Hall (39 goals, 93 points) in his prime and under contract for two more seasons. Step No. 2 for Devils GM Ray Shero, if able to get Tavares signed, would be to figure how quickly he could add five or more years to Hall’s pact — at a price equal to Tavares.

The Rangers don’t have a winger of Hall’s ilk to partner with him. There isn’t a more exciting place to play than Madison Square Garden when the Rangers are cooking, but it could be a while before that happens and Tavares has waited a long time for something good to happen — the very thing that could keep him from extending his tour with the Fish Sticks.

Elsewhere, the Blues want to make a splash and have the dollars to do it, and with young flashy wingers Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko in residence. With Tavares slotted between the two, it’s a line that could generate 200 or more points per season (since you asked, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak rolled up 228 points last season). It’s probably his best fit.

In San Jose, the Sharks are still deciding whether to bring Jumbo Joe Thornton (39 on July 2) back for another tour. They recently rolled out crazy money (seven years/$49 million) for Evander Kane and the ex-Jet/ex-Sabre likely would be Tavares’s left winger much of the time. That in itself probably will keep Tavares away.

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John Tavares Just May Re-Sign With The New York Islanders

from Sportsnet,

Want some good news, Islanders fans? Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that it’s starting to appear more likely there’s a deal to work out that keeps him around.

“The chances are getting better and better, I would say, that John Tavares is going to remain a member of the New York Islanders,” Johnston reported ahead of Thursday’s Game 7 of the Calder Cup Final. “He’s had a real active dialogue with Lou Lamoriello in the few weeks since Lou Lamoriello has taken over the Islanders and there is a belief that there is a deal there for John Tavares and the Islanders to be made.

“That being said, we are only a week and a half out from the period where he’s able to speak to other teams and if he does not reach an extension here in that window he will be able to speak to some of those other teams and this might change. But as it is now it does appear the wind is blowing him back towards the Islanders.”

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With Lou Lamoriello In Complete Charge, Will John Tavares Stay?

from Pat Hickey of th Montreal Gazette,

Lamoriello’s arrival last month revived hopes that the Islanders would be able to retain Tavares’ services. He is in line to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and he is expected to be the most sought-after player on the market.

While Tuesday’s developments are welcome news to the long suffering Islanders fans, they are a blow to fans in Montreal, Toronto, San Jose and other teams hoping to add the all-star centre.

While teams can’t make a formal pitch to free agents until June 24, you can bet that the Canadiens and other teams have been putting together packages that might be attractive to Tavares. Money is believed to be a secondary consideration — Tavares will attract offers in US$10-million range wherever he signs — with Tavares looking for a team that’s ready to win.

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Garth Snow And Doug Weight Relieved Of Their Duties

via the New York Islanders,

New York Islanders President of Hockey Operations, Lou Lamoriello announced today that Garth Snow and Doug Weight have been relieved of their duties. Lamoriello will take over the responsibilities of General Manager and immediately begin the process to find the team's next Head Coach. 

"The New York Islanders would like to thank both Garth and Doug for their dedication to the franchise," Lamoriello said. "Both started their tenures with the franchise as players and grew as tremendous leaders to the positions they held."  

Both will remain with the organization.  

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Lou Lamoriello Named President Of Hockey Operations For The New York Islanders

from the New York Isanders,

The New York Islanders announced today the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as President of Hockey Operations. He will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization. 

"We are grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and the Toronto Maple Leafs for their courtesy in allowing this move," Managing Partner of the Islanders, Scott Malkin said. "We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level." 

"I am excited to join such a storied franchise and look forward to working with Scott Malkin and the entire New York Islanders organization," Lamoriello said. 


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Lou Lamoriello Is In Charge

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The title at this point is unclear, but the authority granted to Lou Lamoriello by Islanders ownership is absolute. He and he alone will determine the fate of general manager Garth Snow. He and he alone will determine whether Doug Weight will get another crack at it behind the bench.

Lamoriello, whom we’re told on good authority received permission no later than the beginning of last week from the Maple Leafs to leave his do-nothing assignment as senior adviser in order to speak with owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky, is the decider. All hockey department personnel decisions — as well as all player personnel decisions — will run through Lamoriello.

No one will be saved by a poison pill that might have been inserted in his contract by previous majority owner Charles Wang, who always seemed to have some sort of side game going when he was in control. Bet your bottom dollar there will be no side games run out of Lamoriello’s office.


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Video- The Latest On John Tavares And The New York Islanders

via Sportsnet,

David Amber, Nick Kypreos, Kelly Hrudey and Elliotte Friedman discuss Lou Lamoriello joining the New York Islanders and talks with John Tavares plus more.


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Lou Lamoriello Will Be Working For The New York Islanders

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John Tavares Still Unsigned

With each passing day, the anxiety level rises just a little bit. Come another month, especially after the NHL draft on June 22 in Dallas, if John Tavares remains unsigned with the Islanders, the fans will be in an all-out tizzy.

But it sure seems that is where the signs are pointing for the captain, who will turn 28 during this next training camp and has dutifully played out his first nine seasons with the organization that took him with the No. 1-overall selection in 2009. If he has gone this far without making decision — and the Islanders have continued to allow him the biggest breadth imaginable to consider about other options — then why not at least go through the free-agent courting process from June 25-30 and see just exactly what is available?from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,...

With logical speculation that the legendary Lou Lamoriello is going to be brought in either as the new GM or as president in charge of all hockey operations — the latter likely ending Snow’s tumultuous run — the structure of the front office is a question Tavares has to consider. And why would he make a decision before that is set?


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The Lou Lamoriello Talk And The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

The well-worn seat underneath Garth Snow is unquestionably warming up.

The much-maligned Islanders general manager now is in the direct line of fire with ownership going above his head to speak to the legendary Lou Lamoriello about some sort of front-office job, as reported on by two Canadian news outlets Friday night.

Lamoriello, the legendary former GM for the Devils as they won three Stanley Cups, just had his role with the Maple Leafs change from GM to special adviser. He was replaced as GM on Friday by young Kyle Dubas, and it has been reported Lamoriello would like out of his contract that would keep him as an adviser for the next three years.

Lamoriello had the same role as an overseer with the Devils when they hired Ray Shero as the GM in 2015, but he lasted only one year before taking on the challenge of rebuilding the Maple Leafs.


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