John Tavares

We’re up to reviewing the San Jose Sharks brass in our series covering the team’s 2017-18 season. The prior articles are here: Doug Wilson’s 2017 Offseason It’s been quite a year for Doug Wilson, the San Jose Sharks general manager. The NHL’s calendar year begins on July 1, and on that day in 2017, Wilson
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A bridge deal is a team’s way of saying to a young player: “So you had some success on your rookie contract. We’ll give you a short contract to see if you can sustain it.” It’s a gamble for the team. If the player maintains or elevates his performance on the bridge deal, he has
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The New York Islanders announced that they have signed forward Josh Bailey to a multi-year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $30-million over six years and will carry an annual average value (AAV) of $5 million. Bailey will remain with the club through the 2023-24 season. #Isles Transaction: Josh Bailey has agreed to terms on
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We are now well over the halfway point in the 2017-18 New York Islanders season. Through the first 47 games there have been some high points, but plenty of lows. Offensively, the team is a juggernaut in which their top-six forwards are playing extremely well. On the defensive side, it’s the complete opposite. Injuries, inexperience
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I’ve been reading and listening to various concerns about the San Jose Sharks and one keeps popping up. It’s a concern about current and future salary cap space. I’m not buying it. I’ve looked over the Sharks’ salary cap situation previously and wasn’t concerned. But since concerns are out there, I thought it’s time to
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According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
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After 29 games, the New York Islanders stand at 16-10-3, which is good enough for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. However, there is no room to rest. While the Islanders hold the first wild-card spot, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers are right behind them. Coming into the season, not many people
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With the Islanders looking less and less like a Cup contender as the 2015-16 season winds to a close, a familiar feeling has crept up within the team’s fanbase. The organization may be wasting the prime of John Tavares’ career. Since drafting the wunderkind in 2009, the Islanders have made the playoffs two times in six
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It’s July 5, 2018. The nightmare was real. You woke up to see that yesterday’s news was not fake. John Tavares has signed his next contract in the NHL, and it was not with the New York Islanders. What happens next? What can the franchise possibly do? Losing their heart and soul, captain—and with due
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For the San Jose Sharks, a slow start to the season isn’t what the team envisioned. In the team’s first two games, they have lost twice. Both times to teams who missed out on the playoffs last season. Two games do not merit an overreaction, but these are games where the Sharks expected to begin banking
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At least Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin seem to be on the same page. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have the league rules to contract tampering on it. Molson’s Head in the Stars After saying that he and Bergevin discuss stars, “including [John] Tavares,” earlier this week, Molson may
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Two very important centers have made the rumor mill on Wednesday. Both very well could stay with their respective teams, but it hasn’t stopped people from speculating. What will become of both Tyler Seguin and John Tavares if the Dallas Stars and New York Islanders can’t respectively get their financing and/or priorities in order? Tyler
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