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John Tavares | Center | #91

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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John Tavares was reportedly happy to hear that Lou Lamoriello has been hired as the Islanders' president of hockey operations.
Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and if Lamoriello can help the Islanders lock Tavares into a long-term contract, then that alone would make him worth hiring. Losing Tavares on the free agent market would be a huge blow for the Islanders, but they still have a little over a month to work something out before he would become a UFA on July 1. Even at that point, it's still possible that after exploring his other options, Tavares would ultimately decide to just re-sign with the Islanders. May 23 - 7:49 AM

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John Tavares is getting closer to becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Tavares could decide to take a wait-and-see approach and make a decision after considering all of his options. The front office of the Islanders could change this summer if Lou Lamoriello joins the organization. It's unclear how much that would factor into his final decision, but he expressed throughout the year that he wanted to stay with the Islanders. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise at this point if he checked out what else is out there on July 1.
May 21 - 10:36 AM

TSN's Darren Dreger poured some water on the rumors linking the Montreal Canadiens to John Tavares.

"I’ve never heard this directly from John himself, so I’m going to caution this as being highly speculative." said TSN's Darren Dreger on Montreal Radio's TSN 690. "But I have heard from some that I trust that for a number of reasons Montreal doesn’t appear to be a fit for him." The Canadiens have been looking for a true No. 1 center for what seems like forever and Tavares would arguably be the best player to hit the open market in recent memory. If he does hit free agency on July 1st, Tavares will have plenty of options. "He can go to Toronto, but they’re about to pay Auston Matthews $12 million a year," TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller said on TSN 690 Wednesday afternoon: "So I mean does it really make sense to go there? I don’t think it does. Teams with cap space would include Montreal and I think Montreal would be a contender."
May 19 - 10:14 AM

Not that it's surprising, but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would love it if the Rangers managed to sign John Tavares.

"He’s a great player, there’s no question about it. Of course, if he would like to play for us, that would be big," Lundqvist said. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player. He’s done a great job so many years." Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It's still entirely possible that he'll re-sign with the Islanders, but the uncertainty of his situation has led to plenty of speculation, some of it not terribly realistic. Him going from the Islanders to the Rangers though would have to be particularly tough for Islanders fans to swallow if it actually happened.
May 10 - 5:52 AM

John Tavares scored the overtime winning goal in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Tavares capped off what could be his last game as an Islander with an unbelievable dangle and snipe for the OT winner. If he hits the open market, he'll be arguably the most sought out after free-agent in recent memory and he showed why tonight. The 27-year-old center will finish off the season with 37 goals and 84 points in 82 games. Andrew Ladd, Anders Lee and Ryan Pulock also scored in the win.
Apr 7 - 10:01 PM

John Tavares does appear to be interested in re-signing with the Islanders.

"The fan base has been tremendous since I got here," Tavares said. "People say certain things. I hope it all works out, too, and I’m back as well. I just want to focus one game at a time and finishing the season strong and in the days and weeks ahead there will be plenty of time to think about it and start looking at the future and move forward." The Islanders aren't going to make the playoffs, so after the Islanders play in their season finale on Saturday, their focus should fully shift to trying to re-sign Tavares before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. It's likely not going to be a question of offering Tavares enough money, but convincing him that they'll be able to be serious Stanley Cup contenders during the time of his next contract.
Apr 5 - 6:37 AM

John Tavares made a statement that might suggest he's leaning towards re-signing with the Islanders.

This might be reading too much into it, but he did speak optimistically about the future with the Islanders while talking about the fantastic rookie campaign Mathew Barzal has enjoyed. "His game keeps getting better and he’s just scratching the surface," Tavares said. "There’s a lot of excitement in our group for him. Especially a guy with his talent and his drive to be successful, I’m excited to finish the season with him and looking forward to the future." Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and with the season winding down, Tavares' contract status will soon take center stage. The Islanders will miss the playoffs for the second straight season. You have to imagine that Tavares' thoughts on the Islanders' future will influence the contract process this summer, so having a source of hope like Barzal can't hurt.
Apr 3 - 9:19 AM

John Tavares was noncommittal when asked if he would play for Team Canada in the World Championships.

The tournament starts on May 4 and is consequently compromised of players from teams not competing in the playoffs. It's an opportunity to end the campaign on a more positive note, but for Tavares there's another major consideration. "I don’t have a contract for next year so I’ve just got to determine what is the right thing to do," Tavares said. Obviously there's a greater risk of playing in the tournament when you're not already signed for the following season. If Tavares got hurt during the tournament then that could impact his future earning potential. It remains to be seen if he'll re-sign with the Islanders or opt to test the free agent market. He'd arguably be the biggest UFA of the salary cap era to date if he did decide to go elsewhere.
Mar 30 - 10:29 AM

The New York Islanders were shut out 3-0 by the Florida Panthers tonight.

The Islanders fired 32 shots on Reimer, with John Tavares leading the way with a game-high seven but none could get passed Florida's goaltender. The Islanders sit last in the Metropolitan division and have now lost six of their last seven games.
Mar 26 - 9:54 PM

John Tavares scored a goal and registered two shots in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Despite the loss, Tavares extended his points streak to five games. He's accumulated nine points in that time frame. He has tallied has 33 goals and 78 points in 75 games this season.
Mar 24 - 9:54 PM

John Tavares registered a pair of assists on Thursday.

Tavares is on a four-game point streak and has seven points in his last three games alone. He has 32 goals and 77 points in 74 contests this season. If he reaches the 80-point milestone, which seems very probable, it will be the third time in his career that he's accomplished that feat.
Mar 23 - 11:31 AM

John Tavares' three assists on Sunday could not spur the Islanders in a 4-3 loss to Carolina.

Tavares set up Anders Lee for a pair and Josh Bailey for a goal to rally the Isles back from an early deficit to make a game of it. The soon-to-be free agent has 32 goals and 73 points in 71 games this season.
Mar 18 - 7:52 PM

John Tavares will play on the left wing on Sunday.

It's an experiment that will allow Tavares to play on a line with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. Weight is interested to see how Tavares and Barzal might perform together. Individually, both have been great this season with Tavares at the 70-point mark and Barzal at 72 points. "It doesn’t mean he’s going to play wing and it doesn’t mean he’s not a centerman," Weight said of Tavares. "It’s an experiment. Moving forward, it gives them some experience together. I’m excited to see it."
Mar 18 - 10:58 AM

John Tavares posted a goal with an assist and a game-high eight shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss at Vancouver.

Tavares has cooled off recently, posting just one goal and three points with a minus-4 rating across the past seven outings. Maybe he is being distracted by his impending free agency, maybe the losing by the Islanders is starting to weigh on him or perhaps he is mentally not there while considering signing a long-term deal with the club before the end of the deal. Either way, something is amiss.
Mar 6 - 2:40 AM

John Tavares is leaving the door open to potentially re-signing with the Islanders before the season ends.

Tavares can walk this summer if he wants and that makes him the Islanders' ultimate X-factor going forward. He is the core of the Islanders and they decided against trading him away because of that, even though they are now running the risk of losing him for nothing as an UFA. It's clear he might still re-sign though. He was asked if he would be more likely to leave if the Islanders ultimately failed to make the playoffs. "No. No," Tavares said. "Things happen and change so quickly with the standings and how tight it is for us and where we stand right now. I’m never going to close the door on anything, but at the same time, the priority is to help this team get to the playoffs . . . Whether anything [contract-wise] happens between now and then, we’ll see."
Feb 27 - 5:40 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Mathew Barzal
3Brock Nelson
4Casey Cizikas
5Chris Wagner
LW1Anders Lee
2Andrew Ladd
3Alan Quine
4Shane Prince
5Nikolay Kulemin
6Ross Johnston
RW1Josh Bailey
2Jordan Eberle
3Anthony Beauvillier
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Nick Leddy
2Johnny Boychuk
3Calvin de Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Brandon Davidson
7Scott Mayfield
8Adam Pelech
9Ryan Pulock
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss