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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 picked up a goal and two assists in Saturday's 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Tavares helped set up both of Anders Lee's goals in this one. He added a goal of his own (an empty-netter) in the final minute of regulation. The Islanders captain finished tonight's contest with a plus-2 rating and two shots on goal in 20:10 of ice time. Tavares now has three goals and three assists in eight games this season. Believe it or not, all of Tavares' points have come in two contests. Oct 21 - 10:38 PM

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John Tavares produced two goals and an assist in a 6-3 victory versus Buffalo on Saturday night.

Tavares scored the first two markers of the contest and the first goals of the season for the Islanders after the team was shutout by Columbus on Friday. He also added an assist on Casey's Cizikas' second tally of the match in the third period. Cizikas posted a three-point night as well with an assist coming on a goal by Anthony Beauvillier. Josh Bailey concluded the game with a goal and a helper.
Oct 7 - 10:15 PM

Despite being fairly active Friday night, John Tavares and his linemates Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee could not score against Sergei Bobrovsky.

The line attempted 20 shots with nine getting through to Bobrovsky, who turned aside all 29 Islander shots to post the shutout. We expect big things from Tavares this season as he is playing in a contract year. His coupling with Eberle should also boost his numbers. Look for the Isles' top line to bounce back Saturday night in Buffalo.
Oct 7 - 10:20 AM

John Tavares will start the season between Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle.

That's what was assumed in the off-season when Eberle was acquired from Edmonton in exchange for Ryan Strome but it has now been confirmed by coach Doug Weight. Tavares is in a contract year so look for 35-40 goals and 75-85 points from the star.
Sep 30 - 8:54 AM

Teams have been told not to bother inquiring about the possibility of trading for John Tavares until at least January 1.

The Islanders or Barclays Center can opt out of the arena deal on January 1, so by then Tavares might get a better idea of what the Islanders' arena plans are for the long term. Beyond that though, it just doesn't seem like it would make much sense to trade Tavares at this time. Watching him walk away as an unrestricted free agent in the summer would be the nightmare scenario for the Islanders, but they might as well keep their focus on re-signing him for now. After all, there's still tons of time before the trade deadline, so the Islanders have the opportunity to exhaust their efforts to re-sign him before potentially looking at their other options.
Sep 28 - 1:21 PM

John Tavares scored twice in the Islanders' 3-2 overtime win against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Tavares' second marker was in overtime. Josh Bailey netted the Islanders' other goal, which came at 5:23 of the third period to tie the contest. This is just an early preseason contest so naturally these results need to be taken with a grain of salt.
Sep 17 - 4:30 PM

John Tavares and the New York Islanders haven't discussed specific financial terms during contract negotiations.

One report suggested that Tavares had turned down an $84 million contract, but that doesn't appear to be true. The Islanders' captain is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and he's already mentioned that he's in no rush to sign a contract extension with the team. It'll be interesting to see how this negotiation between the Isles and Tavares unfolds over the next few months. It would be devastating for them to lose the face of their franchise.
Aug 30 - 1:32 PM

John Tavares opened up about undergoing thumb surgery back in April.

"It’s something I’ve had for a few years," Tavares said. "I kind of did it, aggravated it the first time training a few years ago. It was never really that bad but something I always kept an eye on. Then I hurt it in Boston in January, I fell on it awkwardly late in the game and because of the previous time that I’d hurt it, it was a little bit weak and I tore a ligament in my thumb. I had to wear a brace the rest of the season. For only 2-3 weeks it was really annoying and then, with some good treatment and staying on top of it, I was able to do everything I could normally do on the ice. It didn’t hinder me in any way." It sounds like Tavares will be entering his contract year fully healthy. He had 28 goals and 66 points in 77 games last season.
Aug 19 - 6:43 PM

John Tavares is in no hurry to sign a contract extension with the New York Islanders.

The 2017-18 season is the final one on his current contract. "For me, there’s really no rush," Tavares told Newsday. "I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far . . . In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy." The Islanders captain had 28 goals and 66 points in 77 games last season. Getting him signed long-term is obviously high on the team's to-do list.
Aug 16 - 7:00 PM

John Tavares didn't want to discuss details on his contract situation, but he reiterated Tuesday that he wants to stay with the New York Islanders.

Tavares has been eligible to sign an extension since July 1, but he still doesn't have a new deal and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. However, he is confident that something will be worked out eventually. "I think I'll just keep that all internal," Tavares told TSN in Toronto. "We've had great open communication, it's obviously a great place to play, I've enjoyed my time being an Islander and I want that experience to continue. For me, I just want to get ready for the upcoming season and work on being the best player I can be for the Islanders."
Aug 1 - 6:37 PM

John Tavares' former teammate Matt Martin doesn't think we should read too much into the fact that he hasn't signed an extension with the New York Islanders yet.

Tavares still has a season left on his existing deal, but he could have re-signed with the Islanders as early as July 1. Given how critical he is to the Islanders' franchise, it wouldn't have been surprising had he signed as soon as he was eligible. As Martin noted though, it's not that simple. "I think Johnny's a pretty loyal guy," Martin said at the NHL Store Powered by Reebok on Monday. "It's a tough decision. Obviously his next contract is probably going to be where he essentially plays for the rest of his [NHL] career. It's something he's got to think over and consider. A great player in Stamkos went through the same thing last year and it went right to the wire and he decided to stay home. I don't think that he didn't sign July 1 is any indication he's not signing with the Islanders. I think it's a process that he's got to think over and do what's best for him and his family."
Jul 18 - 9:31 AM

According to a league source, John Tavares has indicated that he will wait on signing an extension with the Islanders, but he does feel more confident in the direction of the team.

Tavares will play the last season of his current contract in 2017-18 and he might do that without an extension in place. It was initially believed that GM Garth Snow had to get Tavares signed by July 1, but it seems like the organization feels comfortable with this new development. Snow is looking to make improvements to the roster this off-season.
Jun 20 - 9:19 AM

John Tavares underwent surgery on his right hand a week after the regular season completed.

He is scheduled to have his cast removed next week. It was apparently an issue that lingered through much of the season, but he is expected to be fine for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Tavares produced 28 goals and 38 assists in 77 games. He sat out the last five contests of the year due to a hamstring injury.
May 9 - 8:53 AM

The New York Islanders want to sign John Tavares to a long-term extension in the off-season.

Tavares will let the Islanders know if he is interested in a long-term deal in the next few weeks and if so, the negotiations will start soon. If not, Tavares, who is eligible to become a UFA after the 2017-18 season, will likely be dealt during this off-season. It should be interesting this spring and summer in Brooklyn.
Apr 16 - 11:39 AM

John Tavares is hoping to sign an extension with the New York Islanders this summer.

Tavares is eligible to re-sign with the Islanders starting on July 1. He's still locked up for the 2017-18 campaign so he doesn't have to ink a new deal this summer, but if he doesn't then there will be speculation about his long-term plans.
Apr 10 - 12:01 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Mathew Barzal
3Brock Nelson
4Casey Cizikas
5Alan Quine
LW1Anders Lee
2Andrew Ladd
3Anthony Beauvillier
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Shane Prince
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Josh Bailey
3Joshua Ho-Sang
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Jason Chimera
D1Nick Leddy
2Johnny Boychuk
3Calvin de Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Scott Mayfield
7Adam Pelech
8Ryan Pulock
G1Thomas Greiss
2Jaroslav Halak