John Tavares RUMORS & NEWS

  • Tavares ahead of pivatol Game 5: 'It doesn't matter how you get it done' "The Islanders were the more aggressive team out of the gate in both Games 3 and 4, outshooting the Lightning heavily in the opening period of each game. They were able to get on the board first in each contest, but an inability to pad the lead proved costly. Bearing down on their first period..." May 08

  • King of New York: John Tavares best player on any of the pro teams

    Newsday "John Tavares found himself swarmed around noon Monday by a horde of reporters and camera crews, a sight not ordinarily seen after an off-day practice in Syosset. But these are not ordinary times, not for the Islanders and not for their captain. The scene in the suddenly way-too-small..." May 03

  • Hamonic calls Tavares the 'best player in the league'

    The Score "Travis Hamonic may be biased, but he isn't afraid of sharing his opinion. After watching his New York Islanders teammate and captain John Tavares carve up the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of their first-round series, Hamonic was straight and to the point. "Best player in the league," the..." April 15

  • Tavares, Kane, Ovechkin named NHL’s three stars of the week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Star-studded release from the NHL today as the Isles’ John Tavares, the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin were named the three stars for the week ending Apr. 10. More: Tavares led the NHL with 4-5—9 in four games to power the Islanders (45-27-10, 100 points) to seven..." April 11

  • John Tavares calls out Islanders teammates after bad loss on home ice

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders put up a stinker Saturday afternoon and captain John Tavares has turned up his nose. Following a 5-0 blowout at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tavares called out his team and challenged them to be better." April 02

  • Why Brooklyn-frustrated John Tavares could bolt to Leafs in ’18

    New York Post "Among all of the hypotheticals, I find the notion of Steven Stamkos wearing the Maple Leafs crest next season among the least plausible. It doesn’t make sense that No. 91, having gone through a rebuild at the start of his career with Tampa Bay, would choose to spend the best years of the rest..." February 16

  • John Tavares opens up on how Game 7 haunts, inspires him

    New York Post "John Tavares knew the All-Star Game was a natural time for reflection. And when he looked back, what he saw was some disappointment and dogged determination to stop it from happening again. “I’m working as hard as I can,” the Islanders captain told The Post before the All-Star Game on Sunday..." February 01

  • John Tavares wins NHL Accuracy Shooting competition

    Yahoo! Sports "Behind the strength of John Tavares, the Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference in the accuracy competition at the NHL All-Star Game. Tavares nailed all four targets in 12.294 seconds Last season, Patrick Kane won the competition hitting four targets in a time of 13.529. Kane went..." January 31

  • Islanders' Tavares named Metro Division captain for All-Star Game

    The Score "The NHL announced Thursday that New York Islanders forward John Tavares has been named the captain of the Metropolitan Division team at the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville." January 28

  • John Tavares’ goal slump should be killing Islanders, but it isn’t

    New York Post "Let’s go back to Dec. 2, the most recent time the Rangers and Islanders met, before another clash of these newly interborough rivals on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That game was a 2-1 shootout win for the Isles, and captain John Tavares scored his 12th goal of the team’s..." January 15

  • How John Tavares plans to snap out of concerning goal slump

    New York Post "When one of the best players in the world is in a prolonged slump, it colors everything his team does. It doesn’t matter how many wins there are to try to mask it. So here is John Tavares, still answering questions about his lack of production even as his Islanders haven’t lost in regulation in..." December 10

  • Islanders John Tavares Returns to Lineup Thursday

    The Hockey Writers "After missing three games with “flu-like symptoms,” New York Islanders captain John Tavares is set to return to the ice on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. The team has sorely missed him, going 1-1-1 in his absence against teams that they should be beating, including a win and an..." November 05

  • Islanders got very edgy about John Tavares — it’s just the flu

    New York Post "The mysterious John Tavares illness finally was revealed Tuesday morning to be … plain old “flu-like symptoms.” Not exactly the secret sickness some were predicting when Tavares missed two games over the weekend and wasn’t present at practice Monday because of what the team carefully termed..." November 04

  • Ailing John Tavares likely to sit out again Tuesday night

    Newsday "John Tavares' illness hasn't gotten better. His fellow Islanders will have to get better on the ice without their captain after scoring only three goals in the two games Tavares has missed. It appears certain that Tavares, who fell ill Saturday morning, will miss a third game Tuesday night when..." November 03

  • Tavares out with undisclosed injury

    The Score "New York Islanders captain John Tavares is not in Saturday's lineup against the New Jersey Devils. " October 31

  • Islanders’ all-important John Tavares line coming into focus

    New York Post "How to create an effective top line, and how to supplement it with secondary scoring, is one of the biggest questions that lies before Islanders coach Jack Capuano as this preseason schedule nears an end. Because Capuano has a two-time Hart Trophy finalist, John Tavares, in his charge, it’s..." September 29

  • Hart finalist Tavares still reeling from Islanders loss "The pain of losing Game 7 against the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round on Monday will haunt New York Islanders captain John Tavares throughout the offseason, but he will at least be rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas in June. Tavares, who finished second in the NHL with..." May 01

  • Ovechkin, Price, Tavares voted Hart Trophy finalists "Forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and forward John Tavares of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the..." April 30

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  • Islanders still auditioning for wing man for John Tavares

    Newsday "John Tavares received about as lasting an honor as a 24-year-old could have Sunday, with his No. 91 raised to the rafters in Oshawa, Ontario, by his Ontario League junior team. On Monday, it was back to the grind. Tavares still is trying to shake off the rust from not playing a game since..." September 30

  • Why John Tavares is optimistic about the Islanders

    New York Post "The words “roster changes” were said, and John Tavares’ eyes lit up. Without any more prompting, the Islanders all-world center went straight for the position that has plagued his franchise for almost two decades. “I think obviously goaltending was a big thing,” Tavares told The Post on..." September 11

  • Tavares’ knee ‘back to normal,’ cleared for full activity

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some good news regarding the health of Islanders captain John Tavares — his recovery from a torn MCL and meniscus in his left knee is going along swimmingly. “Everything’s pretty much back to normal,” Tavares said, per Buffalo’s WGR550 radio. “I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so..." May 15

  • John Tavares gives jersey to little Islanders fan mocked at MTS Centre

    Winnipeg Sun "A Winnipeg Sun story about an 11-year-old hockey fan who was taunted at a Jets game last week has struck a chord with NHL star John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Jake Lotocki is an Islanders fan who attended last Tuesday’s Winnipeg-Islanders game wearing his Tavares jersey. But the..." March 12

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    Tavares says it's a partial MCL tear, says he will NOT need surgery #Isles

  • Islanders place Tavares on injured reserve "The New York Islanders on Monday placed top-line center John Tavares on injured reserve. Tavares will miss the remainder of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament and meniscus tear in his left knee sustained during Canada's quarterfinal game against Latvia at the 2014 Sochi..." February 25

  • Garth Snow angry over John Tavares injury, Olympic involvement

    CBS Sports "John Tavares is done for the remainder of the season and Islanders GM Garth Snow is none too happy about it. The reaction from the Islanders brass was all-too predictable, they wouldn't be pleased. What wasn't predictable was Snow coming out and barking about it, bemoaning the fact that his..." February 21

  • Islanders' John Tavares to miss remainder of NHL season

    Toronto Sun "New York Islanders captain John Tavares will miss the rest of the NHL season after suffering a knee injury during Team Canada’s quarterfinal win over Latvia on Wednesday. According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, a post-game MRI revealed the 23-year-old suffered a torn MCL and torn meniscus after..." February 20

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Source says Tavares has a knee injury, done for Olympics. No word beyond that as of yet. #Isles

  • Islanders' John Tavares injures knee, will miss rest Sochi Winter Olympics

    Newsday "Islanders captain John Tavares suffered a knee injury in Wednesday's Olympic quarterfinal win by Canada in Sochi, and he is done for the remainder of the Games, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said. Tavares tried to squeeze past Latvia's Arturs Kulda in the second period and it appeared that..." February 19

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Echoing @TSNBobMcKenzie, heard that initial news on Tavares is not good. Could be multiple ligament damage. Exam tomorrow will tell. #Isles

  • John Tavares bringing family to Sochi, despite terror fears

    New York Post "Political and social unrest in Russia is not going to stop John Tavares from fully embracing his first Olympic experience. Starting on Feb. 9, the NHL will shut down for two weeks and Tavares will be off to Sochi, where the Islanders star center will play for Team Canada. With a turbulent..." February 01

  • Playoffs slipping away from Tavares, Islanders

    New York Post "Wednesday night’s game was important to the Islanders, and not just because it was played at Yankee Stadium in front of more than 50,000 people. The Islanders, who can ill-afford to lose two points on a nightly basis if they expect to make the playoffs for the second straight season, remained..." January 30

  • Tavares thinks lockout Swiss stint will help during Olympics

    Toronto Sun "The phone call was short and without much detail. “Congratulations,” Peter Chiarelli said to John Tavares. “I wanted to let you know you made the team.” It may have been a foregone conclusion to you or me or anyone who follows hockey in Canada, but not to Tavares, who described his own..." January 18

  • Tavares hat trick carries Isles

    New York Post "The feeling was this was something bigger than it was — the fans, the team, the player. Above all, the player. John Tavares put on a show Monday night at the Coliseum, notching his fifth career hat trick in the Islanders’ 7-3 thwarting of the Stars. It was a game in which Tavares did his..." January 07

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Capuano says Tavares is an after lunch decision. Bailey and Grabner are out for #isles

  • Injured Tavares does not practice

    Newsday "If you thought it couldn't get any worse for the Islanders in this underwhelming season, you could be wrong. Islanders captain John Tavares did not practice with the team Friday because of a lower-body issue and is day-to-day, coach Jack Capuano said. Capuano did not specify the nature of..." December 28

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Jack Capuano says same #Isles lineup tonight. Tavares is in, Vanek is out.

  • John Tavares could be sidelined Thursday night

    Newsday "The Islanders have tried to battle through injuries to key players this season, but the possibility of playing without John Tavares on Thursday night is a very unpleasant prospect. Tavares did not skate Wednesday, a day after he tumbled hard into the end boards in the third period of the..." November 14

  • Tavares sparks much-needed win for Islanders, 3-1 over Predators

    Newsday "This was a game the Islanders needed, clearly. They had to snap a four-game losing streak, but they also had to play the sort of game that gives them life. Led by John Tavares' line and backed up by another strong performance from goalie Kevin Poulin, it was a top-to-bottom effort in the..." November 13

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    Vanek on the left side with Tavares and Okposo at practice.

  • John Tavares, Isles ready to step up

    New York Daily News "The NHL’S best-kept secret is out of the bag. The Islanders are no longer third-class citizens in the New York area and the brightest talent and perhaps biggest star in the New York area wears orange and blue not a blueshirt. John Tavares and the Islanders rose from hockey Siberia last..." October 02

  • Islanders name Tavares 14th team captain "The New York Islanders on Monday announced John Tavares as the 14th captain in franchise history during a press conference at Bethpage State Park Golf Course in Farmingdale N.Y. Tavares who turns 23 on Sept. 20 replaces defenseman Mark Streit who was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in..." September 09

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    Arthur Staple @StapeNewsday

    #Isles will have their new captain in place by the start of camp I'm told -- @91Tavares will be named early next week.

  • Nabokov: I think Tavares is ready to be captain

    Pro Hockey Talk "Since John Tavares was taken by the New York Islanders with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft he has been the face of the franchise. Over the last two seasons he’s also established himself as one of the best forwards in the NHL and with former captain Mark Streit gone it wouldn’t..." August 11

  • Tavares joins Crosby, Ovechkin as Hart finalist "Now in his fourth NHL season, New York Islanders center John Tavares has entered the ranks of the elite players in the League. Tavares on Friday joined Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin as finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to..." May 10

  • MVP candidate Tavares leading way for Isles

    New York Post "There is no question that Islanders coach Jack Capuano is biased in this situation. But his words should carry some weight, since he has had a better seat than anyone as John Tavares spent this season carrying his team to its first playoff berth in six years – and in doing so, has put himself..." April 25

  • John Tavares scores winner as Islanders beat Caps, 3-2

    Newsday "John Tavares and his linemates had one of their roughest games of the season Tuesday as the Islanders lost an early two-goal lead. But the reason Tavares is the engine that makes the Islanders go is that he finds a way to get results. He did just that, ripping a shot past Capitals goaltender..." March 27

  • Penalties cost Washington in loss to John Tavares and New York

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals had tied the game in the third period on Saturday afternoon, finally creating some momentum for themselves at sleepy Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. But just as it looked like the Capitals might find a rhythm against the New York Islanders, they derailed their own..." March 10

  • John Tavares scores 99th, 100th NHL goals

    Lighthouse Hockey "The New York Islanders let the Washington Capitals hang around well into the third period, then accepted the Caps' gift powerplays to run away in the final 10 minutes with a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares notched the two difference-makers -- including the 100th of..." March 09

  • Tavares' two quick strikes lead Isles past Capitals "John Tavares scored two power-play goals 30 seconds apart in the third period as the New York Islanders closed out a seven-game homestand by beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Saturday. Tavares broke a 2-2- tie with 7:47 remaining when he fired a rebound past rookie goaltender Philipp..." March 09