Islanders captain John Tavares, who can become a free agent after next season, reiterated how much he wants to have success with the team.
"I think for myself, I've always shown and talked about my commitment here,'' Tavares said Monday, according to Steven Marcus of Newsday. "Wanting to have success here and keep building on some of the good things we've done. Obviously, this [low] point's been disappointing.''
What Tavares said Monday was similar to what he said on Dec. 8 during an interview with Joe and Evan of WFAN.
"Yes, I'd like to be, for sure," he said at the time about remaining with the Islanders long-term. "I try to not think about it a whole lot. Obviously, I'm getting closer to the end of this contract but I've always stated how much I love being in New York and being an Islander, how well people have treated me here and the organization as a whole. We've had something good building here the last couple of years and I'd love to see it through. When that time comes, I want something to work out where both sides are happy and I remain with this team. Really good times are ahead for the franchise and I want to keep contributing to that and doing my part."
Tavares, 26, is in the fifth year of a six-year contract worth $33 million.
He'll earn $6 million next season, with a cap hit of $5.5 million.