Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Hi, I'm A Free Agent

I don't know what it will take for the New York Islanders to convince John Tavares to stay in Brooklyn or where ever they're going to play in the future, but it has been pretty clear for a long time that he's a special player with incredible talents. From his days in junior hockey to his time in the NHL, there are moments when John Tavares simply takes over a game and shows us his phenomenal talent. Tonight, Tavares had one of those moments against the Philadelphia Flyers, and you have to feel for Sean Couturier who will live in infamy for the next few weeks as this highlight makes the rounds.

Sean Couturier always seems to be a mention when it comes to nominees for the Selke Trophy. I'm quite certain John Tavares' entire 15-second sequence will eliminate him from contention this season. Take a look.
Wow. That was impressive. Outstanding, in fact. Yes, Couturier gets his stick on the puck at the very beginning, but the next time he sees it is when Brian Elliott is fishing it out of his net. The determination in which Tavares shows in shaking off Couturier's checking was downright incredible!

John Tavares is the headline player for the 2018 free agent class as it stands. The Islanders have been unable to sign him to this point, and I have a feeling there could be as many as fifteen teams who are waiting for July 1 in the hopes of luring Tavares away from the Islanders. While the Toronto media have laid out numerous scenarios where Tavares could move home to southern Ontario, it will be interesting to see how this all plays out for the superstar.

For now, let's just marvel at how good John Tavares is. Oh, and just to rub a little salt in the wound, that Islanders goal by Bailey on the setup from Tavares? That was the game-winner.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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