Recent moves suggest that John Tavares is going to stay with the New York Islanders, but it's far from a guarantee.
If anything, his latest decision says the exact opposite.
The stud forward is meeting with the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks. He'll of course still speak with the Islanders as well.
Confirmed teams that John Tavares will meet with this week at CAA offices in L.A.: Dallas, Boston, San Jose, Toronto, Tampa (plus of course NYI). The Tavares camp will also have conversations with 2-3 other teams over the phone and perhaps also meet with 1-2 of them.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 25, 2018
The door is still open for a departure.
Tavares is speaking to the Islanders on a daily basis about returning to New York, but he's still seeing what else is on the table. He's one of the better players in hockey and will command a huge deal wherever he does go. With New York unlikely to contend for a cup in the immediate future, talking to other teams could allow him to entertain the idea of leaving for greener pastures.
As he speaks to other teams about possibly moving on from the Islanders, they're waiting in the wings, ready to negotiate with their star at a moment's notice.
Cloak and dagger stuff in LA where John Tavares is scheduled to begin meeting with teams. Lou Lamoriello and the Isles are there..ready.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 25, 2018
Tavares' decision could change the layout of the NHL.