New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight said Wednesday John Tavares has a simple wish in the NHL - to win.

The Islanders are hoping to sign Tavares to an extension this offseason to avoid seeing him hit the open market on July 1, 2018. Weight said in order to keep Tavares with the Islanders, who selected him first overall in 2009, New York must field a winning team.

“John is huge for us, he’s a wonderful leader and captain," Weight told TSN 1050's Overdrive. "He is generational. He’s that good and we’re going make him better and work with him. I want him here. Our organization wants him to be here and our owners want him to be here, and John knows we want him here. John’s a genius, but a simple genius. He wants to win, and that’s it. He wants to be a hall of fame player and he wants to win. And those are two great things.

"He’s been here seven, eight years and we need to put him in a position to win right now.”

Tavares has dressed in 587 games with the Islanders over the past eight season, scoring 235 goals and posting 537 points.

The 26-year-old, who was named the 14th captain in Islanders history in 2013, recording 66 points in 77 games last season. He missed the final five games of the season with a hamstring injury as the Islanders fell one point shy of a playoff spot (despite winning all five games).