John Tavares isn’t letting talk of his ongoing contract situation or rumors of leaving New York get in his head when the Islanders open up their season next month. Tavares is sticking to what he does best and putting the rest of the drama in the back of his mind.

“I’m a hockey player so I enjoy stepping on the ice and doing what I’ve done since I was three years old,” Tavares said at the Islanders Annual Golf Outing on Tuesday. “I understand why questions are getting asked and what not, but at the same time, I just try to control what I control.”

Tavares is in the final year of a six-year deal he signed with the Islanders in 2011 and would become an incredibly sought-after UFA should he opt not to sign an extension with New York before July 1.

The Isles' captain is not ready to disclose what his intention is, if he even knows yet what his contract plans are. What is paramount on his mind, though, is helping the Islanders return to the playoffs, and bringing the Stanley Cup to New York.