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All Eyes On John Tavares

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It’s unclear whether the Islanders will be making a pitch of their own with Lamoriello stationed in California, but there’s no doubt they occupy pole position a little more than a week out from July 1.

What the other pursuers need to focus on is the things they can offer Tavares to try and make him think twice. Money likely won’t be a big differentiator — although the Islanders are the only team that can offer a guaranteed eight-year term, while Dallas, Tampa and Vegas can trumpet their favourable tax situations.

Each of the organizations would be wise to play up the indicators that point to them being contenders both now and in the future. Tavares has appeared in just 24 playoff games across his nine NHL seasons and wants to stop the cycle of having to watch the biggest games on TV every spring.

Lifestyle perks will get his attention. Conversation about anticipated usage, role and linemates could help him warm up to the idea of a new reality.

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According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the John Tavares contract saga will end with him signing for $12 million per year.

Staple added that Tavares will get this amount either with the Islanders or another team.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/24/18 at 01:10 PM ET

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