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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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Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

From my perch on Long Island - the anxiety is 500 times greater on the GM situation than on JT.  For if we get Lou - things will unravel quick and we can get back to competing. 

The Islanders are a hot mess right now - and this is a team that with the right coach and GM - could be a playoff team ( with a great goalie)  The team can sure score goals. 

I have stopped looking at the JT story.  I do HOPE he goes the distance and makes a decision prior to June 30.  There are two acceptable outcomes for me as a fan….Either JT re-ups with us - or - there is a “Sign and Trade” deal - where JT gets his 8th year (ONLY the Islanders can offer him that 8th year per the CBA) and we get some assets back. 

Given the cap space that JT will take on a going forward basis - and the ill advised move to offer some big contracts and term to players not on the first two lines (Ladd, Cizikas, Clutterbuck, Boychuk) his returning could hurt the team in the long term. 

By that - I mean they would have cap space to be a top 10 team but not a top 4 team.  I hope he re-signs and we clear the cap space by hook or crook and give JT a chance to win here.  He is a wonderful guy - and a true Islander.  We give him the chance over the years to play for a team for 15+ years and win a Cup and retire playing with one franchise ( see Yzerman, Steve) and I think he values that.

BUT -

Our ownership group is a bit goofy and the loyalty to Garth Snow is mind-boggling.  UNTIL THIS SITUATION IS RESOLVED - No need to focus on JT.  THE HOCKEY DEPT. leadership is the MAIN THING NOW.

Two paths are to

Get JT to re-up

Let him go and rebuild around Barzal. 

But I think the fans don’t worry 24/7 about JT.  They worry 24/7 about Snow and the ownerships “evaluation”.....

I will worry about JT the day after the draft.  He MOST CERTAINLY should entertain other offers.  He has earned that right.  With the right leadership (Lou?) - I see NYI as a valid landing spot for him - based upon that new direction and the opportunity to win with a team and an area (Long Island) he loves. 

If Snow is still in charge - If I were Pat Brisson - I would advise him to leave.  Snow, Ledecky, Malkin and Wang Do NOT KNOW HOW TO WIN. 

If Lou is in charge - If I were Brisson - would take a third and fourth look at the Islanders.  REAL management with that talent pool and tradeable assets - could be a good fit for JT.

If he leaves - we can use the cap space for other assets - but - it would be disappointing as hell.

  We have not had a player of his stature since Pierre Turgeon.  JT’s sweater would look right at home next to Potvin/Bossy/Smith/Gillies/Trottier/Nystrom and Bossy in the rafters.  For that reason - I hope he stays.  I DO think JT knows how to win - but - cannot do it by himself.

The bigger problem for the team is that a lot of long time customers have had it with this S**T SHOW

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 05/20/18 at 09:31 AM ET

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I would respect him more for leaving than for staying.

And, I admire players who stick with their organization through it all, and teams who keep a consistent stable of guys.

However, for Tavares and for Oliver Ekman-Larsson, should they resign I consider them to be resigned to more losing seasons where they have just a little hope of playoffs and no hope of serious contention.

Islanders will pay Josh Bailey $7M and Andrew Ladd $6M and Boychuk $6.5M next year. Seems like that’s about half their payroll spend.

Posted by mtta on 05/21/18 at 02:19 AM ET

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