John Tavares is now more willing to wait on an extension with the Islanders, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.
Tavares and his agent, Pat Brisson, feel more comfortable with the general direction of the Islanders, from their new home to what their plans are to build the team into a contender.
Dreger went on to add that a large factor on Tavares' future with the Islanders depends on what pieces GM Garth Snow is able to add in the near future. With New York unable to protect all four of their young defenders from the expansion draft, Dreger believes either Calvin de Haan or Travis Hamonic will be traded. If the Islanders can acquire a top-six forward for one of those players, that could go a long way in helping convince Tavares to sign a long-term extension.
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Dreger popped on Leafs lunch during his hectic travel schedule to discuss John Tavares and the looming contract saga that looks to now go well into the summer.
Dreger, in connecting with agent Pat Brisson, who represents the Islanders captain, said the pair is now willing to 'wait' and is 'comfortable' with where the team is right now, in terms of the ongoing arena drama and the roster being able to contend in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
I put those in quotes because we really don't know what that means, exactly. Wait for what? Wait for how long? Comfortable with what, nothing that's happened so far? Dreger then goes onto speculate that it is, indeed, going to hinge on what Garth Snow can get accomplished in the trade market, post expansion draft and brings up the two names most connected to the Islanders in trade speculation - Jordan Eberle and Matt Duchene.
Now, he does go onto say that New York can't protect all four defenseman they covet - in reality, they can if they choose to expose a valuable forward - but given his level of professionalism and expertise, he certainly gets a pass from me on that one.
I'll say it again. If this goes past training camp, there is no way Snow can resist putting the feelers out to the market and seeing what kind of return John Tavares commands. You just can't play 2017-18 with this looming over the heads of the players like a black cloud. One way or the other, it needs resolution.