All of the other best players in the world had the day off. Not John Tavares. While the rest of the National Hockey League’s franchise faces were granted a travel day after a hectic All-Star Weekend in Tampa, Tavares made sure he was back on Long Island, punching the clock on Monday to shake hands, sign autographs and pump up the "positive" impact of playing 60 home games at old Islanders haunt Nassau Coliseum over the next three years instead of a basketball venue. Just as the captain was there, front and centre, when the club’s majority owner, Jon Ledecky, happily announced the securement of Belmont as the Isles’ future home earlier this winter. Question the future of John Tavares, sure, as he uses all the time he’s earned to ponder his next job contract, but never question his commitment. "The ball really is in John’s court. He’s being very contemplative about it; he’s thinking about it. It’s a huge decision in a young man’s life. We want him to take his time, and we want him to come to the decision that’s best for him and his family," Ledecky told reporters Monday. "We love John Tavares. We want John Tavares to remain here for his entire career as an Islander, and we want him lifting that fifth Cup." To that end, Tavares is doing everything humanly possible.
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