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, with Mathew Barzal – Jordan Eberle providing potent support to the dangerous line of John Tavares, Josh Bailey, and Anders Lee. Chances are, when things are going well for the Islanders, Tavares is in the middle of it … but it still must feel great for the star to feel like he doesn’t have to do it all. Speaking of Tavares, one could barely get out word about the Islanders reportedly winning a bid for a new arena at Belmont Park before people wondered if this means that number 91 will re-sign with the franchise. So, will he? As you can see in the video above, the arena development and improved support make Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones feel a lot better about Tavares re-signing with the Islanders after recent developments. Just like with everyone basically outside of Tavares’ inner circle, the best we can still do is merely guess. But perhaps this is a good excuse to ponder the rise in Isles around Tavares. In the interest of brevity, we’ll limit this to Tavares’ linemates, but do note that Barzal (29 points in 33 games) and Eberle (24 points in 33 GP) have been effective, too.
Could Islanders’ new arena entice Tavares to re-sign?
Pro Hockey Talk | Dec 20