When it comes to players’ contracts, it can be hard for a fan to avoid thinking about them. If you’ve been paying attention to the Islanders or John Tavares, or just so happen to be a hockey fan, you may already know that he’s currently in the last year of his contract. With no hints as to what either side is thinking, it’s easy to speculate whether he’s going to be staying with the Islanders or whether he’s looking elsewhere.
On one hand, Tavares is on track to being a franchise player. Just that alone could be enough for anyone to stay. Becoming a franchise player means going down in the history of that specific team which could be a crazy experience. Who wouldn’t want that? It’s clear that some players have signed contracts based on just that. As captain of the Islanders, he has led them both close to and into the postseason. Without him, I’m not too sure they would’ve gotten that far at all.
On the other hand, it’s completely plausible that Tavares could be even better on a different team. Tavares went four games without any points during this season. This brings up the question of whether it’s his fault or the faults of his linemates. Not only that, do the Islanders have any real direction of where they’re going in regards to the team as whole? Does Tavares want to get mixed in with that? It’s easy to say whether a team is rebuilding, but figuring out in they even know which way they’re headed is a lot harder than being part of a rebuild.
In my opinion, I think Tavares is going to stay with the Islanders. Not only would it be good for him in the short term, but the long-term benefits are even better. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a franchise player for a team? As one of the most talked about contracts this season, it’ll be interesting to see what Tavares decides. Ultimately, we all have to wait and see what happens with Tavares and his contract.