The spotlight is dead on New York Islanders captain John Tavares these days as the most coveted free agent on the market has been meeting with several rival teams a few days before the opening of free agency. However, the star player himself must be dead tired.
For the past few days, Tavares has been meeting 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 Boston Bruins, and on Wednesday, a meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars was on the agenda.
His next move has been revealed by Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston, and we are pretty sure most of you will be happy for him. Tavares has decided to take a well-deserved break.
Johnston notes that the Tavares camp is taking a step back to decompress and review what they learned over more than 12 hours of face-to-face meetings this week.
The Sportsnet insider also reveals that none of the six teams have been ruled out. There was chatter that the Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights had made a hard push to meet with the coveted free agent, however, they were denied that privilege on Wednesday.
Tavares is said to have enjoyed the presentation by the Maple Leafs and it might have played a role in his decision to refuse to meet with the Predators, Kings and Golden Knights. Vegas was believed to have a great shot at landing Tavares, expecting the team to offer him a great contract offer due to the abundant cap space they have and could have convinced him to become the franchise's first captain. They also just made it to the Stanley Cup final, in their inaugural season, and Tavares is said to be looking to sign with a true Cup contender.
While he is discussing with rival clubs, the Islanders are said to still be in the running to get their captain back for next season. According from the information provided by David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, there is a massive offer already on the table for the Islanders captain. It was reported 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.
Let's hope he can now relax and make the best decision heading into the opening of free agency.