Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan told NHL.com's Jon Lane that he believes John Tavares will remain with the Islanders after his current contract expires.
"He's not a guy to beat around the bush with those kinds of things," de Haan said of Tavares. "He's straightforward about things like that and there's no reason why he should lie about things like that. At the end of the day it's going to be his decision but I don't see him leaving, personally. It's good he's mentioned it a few times over the course of the summer."
De Haan, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Islanders to avoid arbitration, was drafted in the first round alongside Tavares in 2009. The Islanders captain has one year left on his contract before becoming a free agent next July. Tavares told TSN on Tuesday that he has enjoyed his time with the club.
"It's obviously a great place to play, I've enjoyed my time being an Islander and I want that experience to continue," Tavares said. "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."
Tavares, who notched 28 goals and 38 assists last season, has totaled 537 points in 587 career games with the Islanders.