Former Islander Mike Bossy thinks the team willl deal pending free agent and captain John Tavares if the team isn't in the mix around Christmas.
"If the Islanders are no longer in the run-up to Christmas," Bossy said, according to 91.9 Sports, "it's sure that Tavares is gone!"
Though reports over the summer said otherwise, Tavares did not turn down a $84 million extension, per Newsday's Arthur Staple.
The two sides have actually yet to talk about the numbers side of Tavares extension. Instead, Staple reported that Tavares wants to see how everything progresses with the Islanders organization as a whole.
Specifically, Tavares was waiting to see what happens with the Request For Proposals that were issued in July regarding a possible development of a new arena at Belmont Park.
The Islanders submitted a proposal for a "world-class" arena in Belmont Park on Sept. 28.
"It's obviously a great place to play, I've enjoyed my time being an Islander and I want that experience to continue," Tavares told TSN over the summer. "For me, I just want to get ready for the upcoming season and work on being the best player I can be for the Islanders."
The 26-year-old is set to earn $6 million this coming season, after which he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. He notched 28 goals and 38 assists in 77 games for the Islanders last season.
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Bossy, who no longer works in the Islanders organization, doing only spot-duty on behalf of Barclays Center, has pulled no punches over the course of the past year when discussing Tavares' potential departure from the only team he has ever known.
Whether that stems from a messy divorce or not cannot be confirmed, and it's doubtful either of the two sides will speak about it publicly --but it sure does point in that direction.
It also begs the question -- what does Bossy gain by making these comments on Montreal radio? How would it, in any way, benefit him? He said what he said and once it reaches social media and someone screenshots it, it's there forever. While Bossy doesn't run from any comments he makes in public on any topic, he probably should refrain in the future from speculating on this one.
If he was to be right, I would think it turns out to be nothing more than a guess. With the tight-lipped nature of the Islanders organization and the Tavares camp themselves, there is no way they are 'leaking' any information to the press that respected media outlets haven't already covered. Especially to a former employee, that's for sure.
New York opens in Columbus Friday night, hoping to get back to the business of playing hockey and not discussing when, or if, the captain might sign.