Why Tavares Could Stay with the Islanders
By Patrick Hoffman
There is no doubt that every team in the NHL would love to have a player like New York Islanders star John Tavares, especially since he is now a UFA.
Tavares can put the puck in the net, setup his teammates, play in all situations, and is a guy that makes whoever is on the ice with him better. He is a franchise player and at just 27 years of age, may have his best years ahead of him.
While there are several teams that would be a good fit for him, there is also a chance that he may decide to stay on Long Island. Sure, that may sound like an absolutely awful idea to some of you, but if you think about it, there are several reasons why he might decide to stay with the organization that drafted him.
For starters, the hiring of Lou Lamoriello to be the team's President of hockey operations shows that the organization is serious about getting this franchise back to respectability. Lamoriello is one of the game's best executives and as someone who knows how to build Cup winners, he will certainly do everything he can to make that happen on the Island.
Lou took the first step with Tavares by meeting with him. I'm sure that this was a big deal to Tavares as he finally got to deal with a team executive that knows what he is doing.
With Lou on board, Tavares should feel excited about the team's future. Lou will know doubt make the right moves and bring in people both on and off the ice that will push this franchise towards a Cup. something Tavares craves.
Tavares might also choose to stay because of the success he has had with the team. Sure, they've only made the postseason twice in his tenure with the club, but on a personal level, he has put up big numbers and has produced for this team ever since he first stepped on the ice as a rookie in the 2009-10 season.
JT has stated time and time again that he loves being with the Isles. He loves the fan base, will more than likely love the new arena if he decides to stay, and he also has the opportunity to to be among the Isles' greats when all is said and done.
There are plenty of reasons for Tavares to leave. He's missed out on the playoffs many times, Garth Snow has not done anything to make the team better, and year in and year out, the team ends up failing at the end.
While these are all things to take into consideration, JT should also consider that there is the potential for a bright future for this franchise with Lou making all the hockey decisions.
No matter what he decides, it's going to be fun to see what happens with JT.
Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.