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The New York Islanders Without John Tavares

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Now what?

That is the question that is plaguing the Islanders in the aftermath of their captain and franchise cornerstone, John Tavares, leaving to sign a free-agent deal with his hometown Maple Leafs this summer. With a new team president in Lou Lamoriello and a new head coach in Barry Trotz, the team has established a new identity. Both have a history of winning, which the Islanders have lacked in the past three decades.

But the on-ice product is still something that is very much in flux. The questions abound with a team that might or might not be in the middle of a rebuild.

1. How to replace Tavares?

There is no way to fill the space left by a player who was a two-time Hart Trophy finalist. Lamoriello did what he could in filling roster spots with players who he considered “high-character,” but that hardly makes up for talent.

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I’ve been thinking about this, what really changes for the Islanders with Tavares gone?  As good as he is, they accomplished nothing to speak of with him.  I guess they hit the reset button again with Lou and Trotz running the show and see where it goes.

Posted by Steve1306 on 09/14/18 at 08:54 AM ET

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