With the New York Islanders season now over, John Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, therefore making this decision time.
“I’ve got to take some time to see how things go over the next few days and few weeks and collect my thoughts and move on from there,” Tavares said. “I think I’ve earned the right to take my time. I don’t know if it will be a week, two weeks, a month, two months, I don’t really know.”
Tavares is still processing the Islanders’ season and hasn’t yet considered who might make him an offer should things get to that point.
“You don’t know how many opportunities you get to get to this point and possibly see what the landscape is,” Tavares said. “I don’t even necessarily know if that’s really what I want to do yet. I’ve always stated how much I love it here. It’s emotional either way. Great organization, great place to play. Obviously, I want it to work out here.”
Tavares must now consider if he believes this management group can turn Islanders into an actual contender while he is still in his prime. That, or he has to figure out if loyalty is more important than winning, but should he hit the open market, he’ll become one of the most prolific free agents in hockey history.