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John Tavares | Center | #91

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck believes that the bad ice conditions at Barclays Center led to John Tavares' lower-body injury.

Tavares is believed to be dealing with a hamstring injury that will sideline him for what little is left of the regular season. "You see a guy’s heel dig in like that, it doesn’t happen other places," Clutterbuck said, referring to the conditions at Barclays Center. " It’s something that doesn’t get addressed . . . It was a little worse (than it’s been). It had been a little better the last few games, but not tonight." If Tavares also believes that the poor ice contributed to his injury then the conditions the Islanders play in could be a sticking point when it comes to his extension talks. The Islanders and Tavares can start talking about an extension this summer as the 2017-18 campaign is the last in his current deal.
Apr 2 - 10:10 AM

John Tavares is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

That will probably sideline him for the rest of the season and could be the final nail in the coffin for New York's playoff hopes. Tavares suffered what is believed to be hamstring injury on Friday night. He leads the Islanders in scoring with 66 points in 77 games.
Apr 1 - 12:07 PM

John Tavares had to be helped from the ice after injuring his left leg in the third period of the Islanders' victory over the Devils Friday night.

It did not look good as Tavares fell awkwardly while chasing the puck behind the Devils' net and then grabbed at his leg in apparent pain. We will update you as to Tavares' condition once more is known. For now, Tavares owners, hope for the best.
Apr 1 - 10:06 AM

John Tavares scored the only Islanders goal Saturday night as they lost 2-1 to Bruins.

Tavares is on a six-game streak in which he has scored at least one point per game. In that span, he has three goals and four assists with an average of 3.5 shots on goal. Tavares continues to lead the team in points with 65 to Josh Bailey’s 51.
Mar 26 - 1:51 AM

John Tavares picked up a pair of assists in Friday's 4-3 shootout win over the Penguins.

He also scored the game-winning goal in the shootout. Tavares netted both of his assists in the second period, as he helped set up goals by Anders Lee and Casey Cizikas. Tavares finished the game with a plus-2 rating, four shots on goal and one hit in 21:20 of ice time. The Islanders captain is now riding a five-game point streak and he's picked up at least one point in nine of his last 10. Tavares has 27 goals and 37 assists in 73 games.
Mar 24 - 10:20 PM

John Tavares won't be held off the score board.

The Captain posted his 27th goal of the season, giving him 61 points in 71 games. He has two goals and four points over his last five games as well.
Mar 18 - 5:22 PM

John Tavares reached the 60-point mark on Thursday.

Tavares has gotten there for the fourth straight campaign or sixth consecutive time if you ignore the lockout shortened 2013 season. He reached the milestone by registering an assist on Thursday, which made it the sixth time in his last seven games that he's recorded at least one point.
Mar 17 - 9:45 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Alan Quine
4Casey Cizikas
5Mathew Barzal
LW1Anders Lee
2Andrew Ladd
3Anthony Beauvillier
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Shane Prince
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Josh Bailey
3Joshua Ho-Sang
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Jason Chimera
6Stephen Gionta
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Calvin de Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Scott Mayfield
7Adam Pelech
8Ryan Pulock
G1Thomas Greiss
2Jaroslav Halak