John Tavares RUMORS & NEWS

  • Islanders GM: John Tavares 'has earned every right' to listen to pitches from other teams

    ESPN "New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said he's not discouraged that star center John Tavares will listen to pitches from other NHL teams ahead of unrestricted free agency, rather than re-signing with the team before the process plays out. "I have no..." June 24

  • John Tavares Will speak to five other teams about contract

    CBS Sports "Tavares will meet with five teams during the free agency interview period that opens Sunday, reports Larry Brooks of the New York Post. We don't know which teams, but Brooks was quick to point out that the Rangers were not among the five. " June 23

  • Tavares expected to decide on interview period Saturday

    The Score "John Tavares is expected to decide on Day 2 of the NHL draft whether to take advantage of the free-agency interview period that opens Sunday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said Thursday that there's zero chance of a..." June 22

  • Trotz is next step in Islanders revival — and a big Tavares lure

    New York Post "Boy, how things have fallen into place for the Islanders. And it’s all happened so fast. The total restructuring of the organization that continued with the hiring of Barry Trotz as the new head coach on Thursday could only have been thought of as fantasy a few months..." June 22

  • Trotz confident Tavares negotiations will go smoothly

    The Score "Barry Trotz appears confident he'll begin his first season as head coach of the New York Islanders with their franchise player leading the attack. Asked about the John Tavares situation on a conference call, Trotz said he had a "great conversation" with the All-Star and..." June 21

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Preparing Pitch For John Tavares

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is certainly no guarantee that John Tavares even reaches free agency, he’s now less than a week away from being allowed to sit down with teams around the league. Should he not sign an extension with the New York Islanders before that time comes, teams all across the NHL are..." June 18

  • Chances John Tavares stays with Islanders ‘getting better and better’

    Sportsnet "All eyes in the hockey world are on John Tavares these days, the 27-year-old franchise centre who is just 16 days away from potentially becoming the best player to hit the market as a UFA in the salary cap era. In a little more than one week’s time, a negotiating window will..." June 15

  • John Tavares Focusing On Extension With New York Islanders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "We’re just a few weeks away from a potential superstar hitting the free agent market, but teams shouldn’t count the New York Islanders out just yet. Darren Dreger of TSN reports that John Tavares has been in constant communication with GM Lou Lamoriello, and is..." June 14

  • Why signing John Tavares is an idea the Maple Leafs should pursue

    Toronto Star "John Tavares to the Maple Leafs. The idea has been floated a million times. It’s taking on a life of its own. And it can work so that the Leafs would boast Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri and Tavares next season and be a powerhouse down the middle. It makes sense on..." June 14

  • NHL Insider Thinks Vegas Could Be Surprise Landing Spot for John Tavares

    12 Up "​This would be a huge get for Sin City. The Knights made history this year by being the most successful expansion team in sports history. They won their division as well as the Western Conference. Now it seems like they could potentially get even better heading into the 2018-2019..." June 14

  • Lamoriello keeping contact with Tavares' agent

    Yardbarker "With Lou Lamoriello now at the helm of the Islanders, his primary order of business is trying to get center John Tavares locked up and away from the open market next month. In an appearance on TSN 1050 (audio link), TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes that talks between Lamoriello and Pat Brisson,..." June 02

  • Teams Worrying John Tavares Could Stay With Islanders

    Toronto Sun "As half the teams in National Hockey League, maybe more, are planning on preparing free agent offers for centre John Tavares, there is no certainty he will even be available for any team other than the New York Islanders on July 1. Tavares may, in fact, be signed prior to..." May 27

  • John Tavares said to be pleased that Lou Lamoriello will run Islanders

    Newsday "Lou Lamoriello’s hiring has apparently pleased John Tavares. A league source told Newsday on Tuesday that the Islanders’ franchise player, captain and, most critically, impending unrestricted free agent on July 1, viewed Lamoriello being brought aboard as the president of..." May 23

  • Lamoriello declines to say whether he met with Tavares before joining Isles

    The Score "Lou Lamoriello clearly wasn't interested in revealing whether he did, in fact, speak to John Tavares before officially taking on his new role. "When it comes to talking with players ... I will never comment about it," the New York Islanders president of hockey operations..." May 22

  • John Tavares in position to let Islanders’ anxiety keep growing

    New York Post "With each passing day, the anxiety level rises just a little bit. Come another month, especially after the NHL draft on June 22 in Dallas, if John Tavares remains unsigned with the Islanders, the fans will be in an all-out tizzy. But it sure seems that is where the signs are pointing..." May 20

  • Islanders teammates anxiously awaiting Tavares’ free agency decision

    Sportsnet "Pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares isn’t saying much about his future beyond July 1, but that’s not stopping his New York Islanders teammates from chiming in. It’s no surprise that forwards Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee are crossing their fingers in hopes of..." May 18

  • Tavares' teammates say his future with Islanders remains mystery "John Tavares was pressed about his future recently by New York Islanders teammate Mathew Barzal. Barzal didn't get very far. Tavares can re-sign any time before becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1, and despite saying multiple times he wants to stay with the Islanders, the..." May 17

  • Henrik Lundqvist would love to have John Tavares on his side

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist has spent much of the spring watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from his couch, using his second time on the outside of the postseason as motivation. He doesn’t plan to make this a habit and is hoping the Rangers’ front office has a big offseason planned. And if part of that..." May 09

  • New York Islanders should re-sign Tavares

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the season for the Islanders started on a high note, especially on offense, the New York Islanders came back to earth in the second half as the Islanders limped to the finish line knowing they had no chance to compete for a playoff spot. Injuries to the defense as well as goaltending..." May 06

  • Is free agent John Tavares a possibility or pipe dream for the Colorado Avalanche?

    Denver Post "Question: Is free agent John Tavares a possibility or pipe dream for the Avalanche? Kiz: Six NHL playoff games. Heady stuff. The Avs poured six shots of bourbon, set ’em on on the bar, and the party was back in Denver. I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. So how does Colorado become a..." April 25

  • 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