16 September 2011
The signing of John Tavares to a long-term deal, one that keeps him an Islander until the 2017-18 season, was a major victory for the New York Islanders.
For years the Islanders were perceived, and still are, as a team that no one wanted to go to. High profile snubbings from players like Ryan Smyth and more recently Christian Ehrhoff have perpetuated that perception around the rest of the league. One Canadian radio host even went as far as to call the Islanders an “insignificant club where no will ever see you play and no one will care.”
While the perception of the team may not change over night Tavare’s words yesterday and his commitment to the Islanders should be a clear sign to the “haters” that there ‘s something going on in Uniondale.
“This is where I want to live, to play and ultimately lead our team to the Stanley Cup,” Tavares announced proudly during his opening statement. The Word Stanley Cup was one he used multiple times during yesterdays press conference.
“Obviously this is a big commitment that the Islanders have made to me and I’m excited about that and thrilled to give everything I have to help this team get to the next step and hopefully win the Stanley Cup one day.”
Long-term deals are usually handed to players who would be considered “the face of the franchise,” but Tavares was reluctant to recognize himself in that light.
“I try not to look at things like that. Tavares said yesterday. “All guys that play in our line up… are part of our team and I’m one of those guys. I see myself as part of that group and we all have a part to play and contribute in our own ways. Obviously this is a big commitment that the Islanders have made to me and I’m excited about that and thrilled to give everything I have to help this team get to the next step and hopefully win the Stanley Cup one day.”
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