Hockey hall of famer and Islanders great Bryan Trottier hopes current Isles captain John Tavares never leaves the organization.
"We hope Tavares stays with us forever and dies an Islander," Trottier said Wednesday. "It just should be ... He wears the 'C 'so well."
Although he last played for the Islanders in 1990, Trottier and other former Islanders want to see their former franchise succeed. The 61-year-old spent 15 years on Long Island and was a key part of the Islanders' winning four straight Stanley Cups from 1980-1983.
"They want first class," Trottier said of his former teammates. "They want tradition. They want current. They want everything to be state of the art, and I think that's awesome. The fans want that, too.
"We pull for everyone on the team with all our might, so anything they do that brings back the Islander tradition, that brings back a sense of commitment, a sense that they want a championship, we're all for it. Wherever they choose [to play], we support it."
The 27-year-old Tavares has registered 16 goals and 12 assists through 24 games this season. He will be a free agent next summer.