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 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 first pick at 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. "There are a lot of things that are of importance as well, like the start of the season. For management, obviously they're doing what they need to do to, whether it's the draft or free agency and then heading into training camp, making sure we're ready to start from Day 1. To me, that's the most important thing." The Islanders, who moved to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015 after playing at Nassau Coliseum for 43 years, are expected within the next three weeks to propose building an arena at Belmont Park. Tavares applauded the efforts of co-owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky, but it's becoming obvious Tavares wants to know what the Islanders' long-term plan will be before committing what would likely be another eight years of his career.
Tavares: Contract talks with Isles 'more complicated' than people think
NHL.com | Sep 6