Absolutely no ifs and or buts I agree with all of my heart but that is what he is looking for and someone is going to do it. Still in his mid twenties and a point a game producer or nearly so with a not ready for prime time cast of characters around him more often than not.
To me tho the Isles need to figure out their brand with no barn to play in and the star player looking as if he quietly wants to get out, they need to aggressively address this now. Maybe Tavares can get Rick Dipietro to act as his agent, lol.
While I agree with the $10M per for 8 year, I think the Isles are in a position where they almost have to pay him. This is basically a nomadic team that only draws when they are winning (not unique but still). To lose the face of the franchise just as he is about to hit his prime would be nothing short of catastrophic.
Man that is exactly it, the Isles are in a no win situation. They have no barn to play in, nobody wants them and the face of the franchise will either be overpaid or have to be traded because he does not want to be there.
And if it is gonna happen it needs to happen during the offseason. Lets say that he is still unsigned at the start of the year and the Isles catch lightning in a bottle and are in the running for a playoff spot, even knowing he is gonna walk they have to hold onto him or risk alienating their seventeen fans that they have left. There is no way that the Isles should enter the season with an unsigned Tavares on the team.
Man, some teams in pro sports simply CANNOT get out of their own way:
The New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays in MLB.
The Raiders, Rams, Bengals, Redskins, and Dolphins in the NFL.
And we have the NY Islanders in the NHL.
All teams who end up with really good players, yet fail to maximize those players with proper filling out of the supporting cast or have the team succumb to massive injuries (on a regular annual basis).
These teams tease fans by looking like they've turned corners, and may have even had some pretty good seasons....only to revert back to their losing and/or mediocre injury plagues, sub par performing ways.
I am not sure how long it has to go on, but if all else has been tried, and the team is STILL in the same ol vicious cycle of mediocrity, then the GM himself has to be looked at as the problem!
Dunno. Maybe Garth Snow has some incriminating evidence against Islanders' ownership.
Maybe there is some cache of dirty pictures ol Garthy is saving in his hard drive....JUST in case the Wangs get any funny ideas about firing him...
Whatever the case, the Islanders, just when you think they are getting better, continue to be a sideshow (in more ways than one), and if I am John Tavares, I look at upcoming free agency as a "get out of jail" card.
So what THAT means is, the Islander FO should be making a deal sooner rather than later in order to maximize the return, as many have said already, on the superstar player.
This situation is not too different than the one TB faced with Steven Stamkos in the sense that both teams had a superstar player in his prime about to go to free agency with the vulture GM's of other teams circling the skies.
The main difference, of course, is that TB has Yzerman running the show, while the Islanders have Snow.
Stamkos expressed his desire to stay and win with the franchise that drafted him...and even took less money in AAV to stay there.
John Tavares has expressed NO SUCH endorsement for the NY Islanders.
If Garth Snow is smart (please people...hold the giggling till I am finished), he will be working those phones hard to get a very good deal done for Tavares and at least give the Isles a fighting chance down the road in a few seasons.
But he IS Garth Snow. He still thinks his club is on the rise. He still thinks those dirty photos of Charles' Wang and/or Jon Ledecky wearing a tutu will ensure he never gets removed from the GM's chair. And so he likely still thinks John Tavares believes the Islanders are the greatest place in the NHL for him to be playing in.
I know some have stated overpayment for Tavares and his history of injury are a bad combination, but honestly, would ANYONE be surprised if Tavares does get dealt, gets paid a bazillion dollars to play for legit, top notch, contending organization...and all of a sudden those first half woes, injury woes, and inconsistent performances suddenly are a thing of the past?
I wouldn't be surprised in the least.
Some teams have blood rivals and a hated nemesis or two.
Flyers have their Penguins and Rangers
Oilers have their Flames and Canucks.
Habs have their Bruins and Leafs.
The Islanders have....the NY Islanders.