New York Islanders, Fans Have Much To Be Thankful For
Apr 24, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) is congratulated by Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) after the Islanders defeated the Panthers in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

It appears as though the New York Islanders are prepared to offer captain John Tavares an 8-year deal. That and more Barclays Center news.

Jun 8, 2016; Elmont, NY, USA; Workers prepare the track for practice in preparation for the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Barclays Center owners, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, submitted a formal notification in writing alerting the Islanders that the negotiation window has opened.

The Islanders have plans to submit a bid for a new arena at Belmont Park, so the amount of “good faith” negotiating that will take place is questionable. The Islanders are likely to re-negotiate with the Barclays Center on a short-term basis while preparations for a new arena are made.

The Captain

For captain John Tavares, recovery has begun after undergoing surgery on his right hand.

The Islanders announced today that Tavares underwent surgery to fix an issue that persisted throughout the season. This would explain Tavares’ lowest point total for a full season since 2013-14. Mind you, in ’13-14, Tavares only played 59 games after suffering an injury in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Speaking of Tavares, the Islanders are planning on submitting an offer for the soon-to-be free agent. The Islanders can begin negotiating with Tavares as of July 1, but the rumor floating around (according to Newsday) is that the organization is preparing a deal around the eight-year, $80 million mark.

For the time being, matters surrounding the team are still culminating, but these are steps in the right direction. The Islanders cannot even remotely afford to let Tavares go, so throwing the bank at him is the only course of action.


  1. More convincing will have to be done to ensure John that the Islanders are going in the right direction toward better line mates and going all in to achieving a championship caliber team year in and year out. Is John satisfied with management as it currently sits? Does John believe ownership is willing to do everything and anything to win a Stanley Cup? Lots of factors other than money involved with Tavares contract extension. Management can’t eff this up in any way. Without Tavares the Islanders have no identity. Hopefully Tavares is satisfied with what ownership is selling him.