The Islanders said they were going to make a change to their hockery operations, and they certainly made a large splash in that area by hiring Hockey Hall of Fame member Lou Lamoriello as their president of hockey operations.
Well, Lamoriello's championship pedigree joining the Islanders has reportedly impressed captain John Tavares, per Newsday's Andrew Gross. He states that what Lamoriello and Tavares want for the Islanders has a "convergence there."
Lamoriello said that he doesn't view the Isles as a rebuiling team, but instead, a few pieces away from being a true contender.
Tavares is a key cog in making the Islanders a playoff team, and he is set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Islanders' top priority now that Lamoriello is in place is certainly to re-sign their All-Star center.
Lamoriello wouldn't speak on how his talks with Tavares has gone during his first press conference with the media, as this has always been his policy with his players. However, he did give his thoughts on the 27-year-old, saying everyone knows how elite he is.
"Everyone in the National Hockey League knows about John Tavares. He's one of the elite players," Lamoriello said. "A gentleman both on and off the ice and just a quality individual as well as a quality player. I don't know any better way of describing him."
Tavares has expressed his interest to stay with the Islanders, the team that drafted him first overall back in 2009.
"I never said I'm expecting to leave or looking to leave," he said. "I've always wanted it to work out."
Tavares totaled 37 goals and 47 assists in all 82 games for New York last season. He is expected to see a new deal around $10.5 million per year.