John Tavares RUMORS & NEWS

  • The Islanders question John Tavares must answer in free agency

    New York Post "There was nothing about Monday’s breakup day press conference that gave the impression anything in or around the Islanders is changing. It was the same defeated rhetoric that has been spewed year after disappointing year. As much as Jon Ledecky said that his ownership group “failed” the fan..." April 10

  • John Tavares has another Isles teammate trying to lure him back

    New York Post "Of all the things John Tavares has to consider when deciding if he is going to return to the Islanders or sign somewhere else as an unrestricted free agent this summer, one big reason to stay might be the prospect of continuing to play alongside one of the best power forwards in the..." April 09

  • John Tavares before Islanders' final home game: 'I hope it all works out, too'

    Sporting News "As another Islanders season ends in a thud without a playoff berth, familiar questions about what the future holds for John Tavares, the captain and face of the franchise, are amplified by his looming free agency. And with two games remaining, it's crunch time for a new contract. Thursday could..." April 04

  • Tavares asked how he deals with social media: 'I deleted Twitter from my phone'

    The Score "John Tavares appears to have taken a step toward tuning out the noise. The New York Islanders captain made an interesting revelation to's Brian Compton on Wednesday. It's been a tough season for the Islanders' franchise player on a couple of fronts, with the team's underperformance..." April 04

  • Islanders’ Tavares considering playing at world championships

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders won’t be making an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row, but team captain John Tavares could still see game action in May. Sean Burke and Martin Brodeur were recently named co-GMs of Team Canada for the upcoming 2018 IIHF World Championship..." April 01

  • Tavares unsure about playing at World Championships as free agency looms

    Newsday "John Tavares has a contract situation he must consider but also a country he’d like to represent if asked. So, deciding whether to play for Team Canada in the upcoming World Championships May 4-20 in Denmark is more complicated than a simple yes or no for the impending unrestricted free agent...." March 29

  • John Tavares focused on finishing season, not future with Islanders

    Newsday "Plenty of people have spent plenty of time this season speculating about John Tavares’ future. The Islanders captain is not one of them. “Not really,” Tavares said on Tuesday. “I haven’t thought about my situation maybe as much as I thought I would.” Tavares, 27, is completing a six-year,..." March 21

  • Goalie interference expected to be a hot topic at NHL GM meetings

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders‘ hopes of clinching a playoff berth have been steadily declining since the NHL Trade Deadline. At that time, general manager Garth Snow was clear about his deadline intentions, stating that his captain, pending UFA John Tavares, wasn’t going anywhere. He was also adamant..." March 18

  • John Tavares will move to wing in Doug Weight’s experiment

    Newsday "The Islanders are not blind to the obvious. They are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but their season will end on April 7. “I think the realistic part of it is, obviously, the odds are stacked against us,” said captain John Tavares, perhaps playing his last three weeks with..." March 17

  • Tavares, Islanders Could Work Out Sign-And-Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "A “sign-and-trade” scenario, in which a player signs with his current team or another only for the purposes of being traded to a different team, is uncommon in the NHL. It most frequently seen in the NBA, where such deals often offer the teams making the deal some salary cap loophole or benefit...." March 16

  • John Tavares says he hasn’t ruled out re-signing during season

    Newsday "John Tavares has not ruled out re-signing with the Islanders before the season ends, the captain said Monday at Northwell Health Ice Center. He added that his decision to remain will not hinge on the team making the playoffs. The Islanders made good on their word not to deal Tavares, a pending..." February 27

  • Facing free agency, Tavares will stick-handle gracefully around Toronto media

    SNY TV "The biggest drama surrounding the Islanders' visit to Toronto on Thursday may not be the game itself, but those five minutes when John Tavares faces another round of interrogation from the largest and peskiest press corps in the NHL. Tavares will handle the Toronto media like the gentleman he..." February 21

  • Islanders’ trade deadline plan is ultimate John Tavares gamble

    New York Post "Maybe the point is that the Islanders don’t want their fans to think things have changed. Maybe the point is to get people to think that they are close to the culmination of long-term plan — well, a very-long-term plan — and that patience remains the most important virtue. But goodness, how can..." February 09

  • Garth Snow says Islanders won’t trade John Tavares or deal high picks for rental players

    Newsday "General manager Garth Snow made it clear: John Tavares isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. At the same time, Snow said the Islanders are unlikely to add players if it means giving high draft picks as the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches. The Tavares situation has morphed into something of..." February 08

  • New York Islanders Will Not Trade John Tavares

    Pro Hockey Rumors "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..." February 02

  • Tavares focused on getting Islanders into playoffs, not contract "John Tavares is putting his focus on trying to get the New York Islanders into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and not on where he will play next season. Tavares, who can become an unrestricted free agent following the season, and linemate Josh Bailey, will represent the Islanders at the 2018 Honda..." January 27

  • John Tavares will consider Nassau Coliseum plan in contract decision

    Newsday "Newsday’s report on Wednesday regarding the possibility of the Islanders playing part of their home schedule at Nassau Coliseum in the next few seasons while the new arena at Belmont Park is being built could have an impact on John Tavares. The Islanders captain is in the final year of his..." January 25

  • John Tavares gives Islanders good news then bails them out

    New York Post "Of course when John Tavares went into the hockey-media echo chamber of Montreal, he was asked about his future as a possible free agent. And of course, Tavares answered in the same way he has over the past few months — albeit with stronger language. “I hope to stay in Long Island,” Tavares told..." January 16

  • Tavares shouldn't be traded, but there's one scenario where Islanders will listen

    SNY TV "John Tavares should not, and almost certainly will not, be dealt by the Islanders prior to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 26. The question of whether Tavares should be traded - instead of the Islanders potentially losing him in July as an unrestricted free agent for nothing in return -..." January 10

  • Could Islanders’ new arena entice Tavares to re-sign?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Everything’s been coming up Milhouse for the New York Islanders lately. They improved to 18-12-3 on the season by beating the Kings 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, and hope to continue their five-game homestand with a win against the Red Wings tonight. Their offense looks especially deadly lately,..." December 20

  • Clarity could be coming for Islanders captain John Tavares

    Newsday "Clarity is the word that people close to John Tavares have been using going on seven months now, ever since the Islanders’ captain informed Garth Snow and team ownership that he would be waiting on contract talks. There may be some clarity coming soon on one of Tavares’ key issues. New York..." December 18

  • Islanders deciding what to do with franchise centre John Tavares

    Sportsnet "Don’t hold your breath for any news regarding John Tavares. The New York Islanders captain, a pending unrestricted free agent, isn’t expected to be dealt before the trade deadline nor is there a contract extension on the table. When it comes to a potential trade, the Islanders (14-7-2) are..." November 26

  • John Tavares is unstoppable right now

    Pro Hockey Talk "The first month of the NHL season has been highlighted by some big goal numbers and huge individual performances, from Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay, to Auston Matthews in Toronto. One of the quieter — but equally dominant — performances has been turned in by New York..." November 05