John Tavares

A bridge deal is a team’s way of saying to a young player: “So you had some success on your rookie contract. We’ll give you a short contract to see if you can sustain it.” It’s a gamble for the team. If the player maintains or elevates his performance on the bridge deal, he has
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We are now well over the halfway point in the 2017-18 New York Islanders season. Through the first 47 games there have been some high points, but plenty of lows. Offensively, the team is a juggernaut in which their top-six forwards are playing extremely well. On the defensive side, it’s the complete opposite. Injuries, inexperience
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I’ve been reading and listening to various concerns about the San Jose Sharks and one keeps popping up. It’s a concern about current and future salary cap space. I’m not buying it. I’ve looked over the Sharks’ salary cap situation previously and wasn’t concerned. But since concerns are out there, I thought it’s time to
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According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
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After 29 games, the New York Islanders stand at 16-10-3, which is good enough for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. However, there is no room to rest. While the Islanders hold the first wild-card spot, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers are right behind them. Coming into the season, not many people
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With the Islanders looking less and less like a Cup contender as the 2015-16 season winds to a close, a familiar feeling has crept up within the team’s fanbase. The organization may be wasting the prime of John Tavares’ career. Since drafting the wunderkind in 2009, the Islanders have made the playoffs two times in six
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It’s July 5, 2018. The nightmare was real. You woke up to see that yesterday’s news was not fake. John Tavares has signed his next contract in the NHL, and it was not with the New York Islanders. What happens next? What can the franchise possibly do? Losing their heart and soul, captain—and with due
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For the San Jose Sharks, a slow start to the season isn’t what the team envisioned. In the team’s first two games, they have lost twice. Both times to teams who missed out on the playoffs last season. Two games do not merit an overreaction, but these are games where the Sharks expected to begin banking
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Title: Ice Wars Author: Gil Martin Publication Date: Aug. 12, 2016 Pages: 510 Rating: 5 of 5 stars Overview New York-based author Gil Martin breaks down the state’s greatest hockey rivalry—the competitive cross-town battle between the Islanders and Rangers—in his book, “Ice Wars.” Martin interviewed more than 50 former NHL players and broadcasters to deliver
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In hockey, like in real estate, it’s about location, location, location. The New York Islanders know this all too well. Off the ice, the club is in search of a new locale from its haunt in Brooklyn. Plus their record from last season, which was identical to the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, wasn’t good
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At least Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin seem to be on the same page. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have the league rules to contract tampering on it. Molson’s Head in the Stars After saying that he and Bergevin discuss stars, “including [John] Tavares,” earlier this week, Molson may
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