Despite remaining unsigned now into February, John Tavares will not be traded this season regardless of what happens for the New York Islanders. That’s what GM Garth Snow told Pierre LeBrun, who reported on TSN’s Insider Trading that they’ll use all the time they have before the end of the season to try and get Tavares signed long-term.

The 27-year old will be the biggest story in the NHL heading into free agency if he still isn’t signed, and recently Craig Custance of The Athletic wrote how Tavares could be holding up the trade market as well. Teams are trying to leave room under the cap in order to make a pitch this summer, even if it means not striking a deal during the season to improve their clubs. Whether that continues all the way to the deadline is still to be seen.

Tavares is in the middle of what could be called the best season of his career, recording 57 points through 52 games and generally being an absolute force every time he touches the ice.