Coveted free agent John Tavares might be on the verge of narrowing down his list of destinations for the next season, it seems like the Boston Bruins all putting all stops to land him in Bean Town.
According to an exclusive report from TVA Sports, the Bruins have asked star player Patrice Bergeron to contact Tavares himself, which the veteran forward has done. Bergeron has explained to TVA Sports that he answered all the questions Tavares had about living in Boston, which could now tip the balance in the Bruins' favour.
"I've been playing here for the past 18 years and it's like my second home. I told him about the city, the organization and ours teammates," Tavares revealed, as translated from French.
Bergeron added that while Tavares has had a busy week, he hopes that reaching out to him will convince the New York Islanders captain to come to Boston.
It was indeed a busy week for Tavares, who met with six different clubs to get a better idea of where he will sign for the 2018-19 season. The free agent superstar reportedly negotiated with the Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday afternoon from his agent’s headquarters in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, Tavares met with representatives from the San Jose Sharks and Bruins, and on Wednesday, a meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars was on the agenda.
"We can't wait to see what will happen with him," commented Bergeron. "We all enjoy to look at every option that is presented to us. We will have to wait and see what happens."
Tavares camp is now taking a step back to decompress and review what they learned over more than 12 hours of face-to-face meetings this week, however, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie has just now reported that Tavares could begin cutting teams in the next few hours.
"Our understanding of the situation is that some of the teams that aren't getting him could find that out as early as this morning,” McKenzie told TSN Radio Montreal 690 early Friday.
“It will be fascinating. Hopefully we find out sooner rather than later. I’d hate for it to carry over to Sunday morning but we figure to know by Saturday. As I said, some teams may find out (today).”