New York Islanders captain John Tavares hit the links at Sebonack Golf Club on Wednesday looking the same calm and composed individual he's always been.

But Tavares is in the midst of arguably the biggest year of his life. Not only did he get engaged this summer, he's in the final season of a salary cap-friendly, six-year, $33 million contract with the Islanders. Without an extension, Tavares could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2018.

Tavares continues to maintain he wants to remain with the Islanders, who selected him with the No. 1 pick of the 2009 NHL Draft. He's been eligible to re-sign since July 1, but no agreement has been reached with training camp set to start next week.

Naturally, some Islanders fans are on the ledge. They feel if Tavares, who was in the Hamptons for the Islanders Captains' Getaway, wanted to remain with New York, he would have signed already.

It's not that simple.

"Things are a lot more complicated than they think," Tavares told NHL.com. "I think everyone's situation is different, everyone's circumstances are different, but you look at some of the situations with guys in similar situations that I'm in, it doesn't always happen the first day or that first month. It takes time. It's a big decision in your life and you want to make sure you're thorough and you understand everything going forward, so I think anybody making any decision like this in life would approach it the same way.