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Tavares is putting monster trade on hold!

This is a crazy waiting game...

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It feels like there is a domino effect that should be happening in the National Hockey League at the moment. However, the person who needs to flick the first tile is New York Islanders captain and most coveted free agent John Tavares. And right now, he is no where close to the dominos... 

The 27-year-old star forward can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The NHL free agency interview period kicks off today. A player can speak to teams and agree to terms but cannot sign until July 1. New York can offer Tavares an eight-year contract; other teams can offer seven years.

According from the information provided by David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, there is a massive offer already on the table for the New York Islanders captain. It was reported on Saturday that while Tavares has decided that he will speak with teams other than the Islanders during the free agency interview period, the Islanders have made him an offer on Saturday. Once again, according to Pagnotta, the offer is believed to be an eight-year contract, worth $88 million. 

GM Lou Lamoriello commented on Tavares’ decision to meet with other clubs, stating that he does not feel disappointed or discouraged by the pending free agent’s move, according to Brett Cyrgalis of The New York Post

 “I have no disappointment, I have no discouragement. I think he’s earned every right to make whatever choice he has. The most important thing is that we hope the decision is to be an Islander.” 

One of the teams expected to meet with Tavares is the Vegas Golden Knights. The Toronto Maple Leafs are also reportedly going to meet with the star forward. 

Until Tavares chooses where he wants to sign, it is putting a hold on a major trade in the NHL. Here are the dominos. Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner's fate depends on where Tavares lands. Many believe that teams who will lose out on the Tavares sweepstakes will turn around and make a play for Skinner's services, according to NHL insider Darren Dreger

The Los Angeles Kings were believed to have interest in Skinner, but that was until they signed Russian star player Ilya Kovalchyuk on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are also believed to be in the mix for the Canes forward. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford drafted Skinner seventh overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and could look to add him to his roster now. It was also reported that the St. Louis Blues might be interested in Skinner as well... 

While the ball appears to be in the Hurricanes' camp when it comes to Skinner, it seems like Tavares and his dominos also have their say... Let's see what happens closer to July 1st...