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Evening Line- Don Cherry On John Tavares

Now I ask you this question. If you were thinking of going to another city wouldn’t you want to go and see the facilities of the dressing room, what kind of a city it was, what kind of an organization it was? Therefore him not flying to other cities I think Tavares has already made up his mind where he is going and he and his agent just want to hear other clubs to see if they will give them stupid money which I’m sure Lou Lamoriello won’t. I will bet even money that he stays with the Islanders.

-Don Cherry on John Tavares.  A bit more from Cherry.

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The Meal's avatar

It’s got to be like 90% chance he stays with the Isles.  As DC says, unless there’s a stupid money offer out there (SJS?) he’s pulling a Stamkos.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 06/27/18 at 11:59 PM ET


In this day and age does he really need to travel to see the facilities. Just about every team has a new arena/facilities in the last decade. He’s been to the cities before as a visitor and can do a lot of research online about just about everything. All he gets by going there would be a glossy sales pitch from the team anyway.

To him it is probably more about the money, how the coaching staff views his role and how the organization sees the team evolution over the next 7 years. All that can be communicated over the phone.

If he considers leaving the Isle he can always narrow the list and make a visit. With the leverage he has he can make teams wait if he really wants to.

With Lou, Barry and some new draft picks on board plus a new arena in the works I’m pretty sure he’ll stay with the Islanders unless he opts for money he can’t get from the Islanders or he thinks a state without income taxes would be a better option.

Posted by evileye on 06/28/18 at 09:21 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

We see this in commercial real estate. You don’t tour a building to be sold on it… You go tour it for reasons not to sign a lease.

If I were him I would be going to these organizations and getting a good look at what its like on the inside. But he’s signing with the isles. No doubt.

I think he’s simply talking to other teams so he feels better signing with the isles.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/28/18 at 09:52 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

I love Don Cherry because he’s always entertaining.
I don’t agree with him a lot of the time, but this is one time he’s bang-on.
With Trotz and Lou in town, with a new rink coming soon, I think he signs an 8-year deal to stay with NY.
I’m happy for Islanders fans too. He’s been great for them.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/28/18 at 04:00 PM ET

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