The Islanders were one of the first teams to present their pitch to top free-agent C John Tavares during the interview period that began on Monday, per SportsNet's Chris Johnston.
The meeting on Monday night lasted approximately two hours and 15 minutes, and it appeared successful as Isles GM and president of hockey operations, Lou Lamoriello, and new head coach Barry Trotz walked out smiling.
Tavares has been an Islander his entire life, and though entering the interview period may seem like a slight to the only franchise he's known, Lamoriello doesn't mind it at all. It's his right to do so.
"I don't look at it like it's a surprise," Lamoriello said. "I respect him. He has a right to do that. The important thing is that he's an Islander at the end."
Also meeting with Tavares on Monday was Lamoriello's former team and Tavares' hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, whose pitch was presented by GM Kyle Dubas. Tavares will listen to even more pitches on Tuesday with the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins next on the list of teams vying for his talents.
On Wednesday, the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning will make their presentations. And that may not be the end of it as phone interviews with teams like the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights are still on the table.