National Hockey League fans - especially the one of the New York Islanders - have been patiently waiting for months now. The clock is ticking of the Islanders trying to retain captain John Tavares by convincing him to sign a hefty contract extension in New York, but many NHL insiders have revealed that the superstar forward could choose to test the free agent market and sign elsewhere.
However, not so fast. While everyone expected two options possible in this saga: 1. Tavares sign a long contract extension with the Isles or 2. Tavares sign a long new contract with a new team, there is now rumblings that the star forward has decided to opt for another strategy that will shock fans across the NHL.
Like discussing the most coveted free agent on their weekly 31 Thoughts podcast, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman and co-hiost Jeff Marek revealed Tavares’ new plan. As cited by Chris Nichols of FRS Network Hockey, the pair discussed the possibility of Tavares perhaps accepting a short-term contract with a contending club if he decides to test this summer’s free-agent market.
“You know, the one thing I really believe is he will be open to just about anything wherever he wants to go,” considered Friedman. “I’ll tell you this: If that was me in his shoes; yeah, I would consider that.”
“It depends on where he’s going, right,” countered Friedman in his analysis of a shorter deal approach. “I think it’s most likely he takes the seven or eight-year deal. But at some point in time somebody is going to do that. They’re going to say, ‘I want two paydays.’
“I think the guy cares about winning,” added Friedman. “I’m just thinking I don’t know if he’s going to do this now, but I do think somebody will.”
Friedman noted the ongoing rumour that the Pittsburgh Penguins could attempt to convince Tavares to come on board, but might only be able to offer him a short-term contract. On the other hand, Tavares wants to win now and could accept such a deal.
That’s an important thing to keep in mind as free-agent market is fast approaching…