Islanders C John Tavares' contract extension is still an elephant in the room, but his teammates don't believe it will impact the team as he heads into the new season.
Several Islanders have been participating in informal skating at Northwell Health Ice Center, and many asked what they thought on Tavares' situation. They don't believe it will be a distraction if his contract isn't settled by the start of the season.
"Knowing how Johnny deals with things, his personality, I think that's what makes it a non-factor," LW Andrew Ladd told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "He's so good at handling, whether it's the questions or the talk that comes with it, I don't see it being an issue. I think we know more in here than everybody else on the outside, so we're comfortable with where it's at."