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Jun 12, 2018 at 6:41
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Now that it's officially the offseason, it's time to get everyone's final thoughts on the John Tavares sweepstakes. If he has no contract on July 1, where does he go?


New York Islanders
If Tavares decides to stay with the Islanders, I see that as being the worst decision of his life. That team is so far away from Cup contention with or without him that it would be a waste of 8 years for him to stay. The only reason for him to stay at all is if he wants to stay loyal and doesn't want to move around. While they are still one of the more likely destinations, it makes the least amount of hockey sense to me.


Nashville Predators
While they seemingly have their 1-2-3 set down the middle in Johansen, Bonino and Turris, pursuing a truly elite centerman in Tavares makes sense. They could then trade Johansen to a team like the Islanders for a lot of future assets. It's an unlikely situation, but Poile can never be counted out.


Minnesota Wild
This one would require some fancy cap maneuvering, but it makes a ton of sense from a hockey standpoint. While Eric Staal had a great year last year, the chances of him replicating that aren't very good. Koivu is also getting older, so this allows for them to have a legitimate #1 center to build around guys like Zucker, Niederreiter, Coyle, Granlund, etc. The Wild are a team seemingly stuck in decency, but adding Tavares makes them a legitimate threat in the West. However, the cap situation seems like one that the Wild won't be able to overcome in order to sign Tavares.


Montreal Canadiens
We all know about the search for Montreal's next first line center, and bringing in Tavares makes them legit playoff threats in the East. But many question whether or not Tavares would like all the media attention that comes in Montreal, and there are also better options for him to win now. But a core of Tavares, Weber and Price is a really good starting point for a Cup contender. The supporting cast is a different question, which is why Montreal doesn't make a ton of sense for him IMO.


New York Rangers
While they are starting a rebuilding process, top line centers are going to be very difficult to come by. Zibanejad seems more like an ideal 2C than anything else, but Lias Andersson has oodles of potential to become a top six center for them. They have the money and it's a somewhat familiar area for Tavares to play in, plus it gives Lundqvist a much better shot at the Cup. Although it makes a lot of sense at first glance, the biggest issue becomes the fact that even with Tavares, the Rangers are still a year or two away from being playoff threats again, so he'll most likely look elsewhere.


Vancouver Canucks
Even though they already have Horvat in the lineup and Pettersson on the upswing, Tavares is a player who can fit into the lineup and make the youngsters feel much more comfortable. It can push Horvat into a 2C role and allow Pettersson to play the wing as he adjusts to the NHL. They have the financial flexibility to pull it off as well. But the issue is the same thing as the Rangers. Even with Tavares, the team is still a year or two away from being a playoff threat, meaning that there are better options for him.


Toronto Maple Leafs
This one has been beaten into the ground so many times. While the Leafs can technically fit him under the cap in the long term, it's going to come at the expense of at least one young forward or them filling in the rest of the defense, which is the much more pressing need. Yes, a Tavares and Matthews 1-2 punch is very intriguing and it's Tavares' hometown, but the long term cap problems it makes may be better served elsewhere. And before someone suggests it, a one-year deal for Tavares in Toronto isn't the most realistic outcome to happen. While I will say it makes a lot of sense for all parties involved, it's highly unlikely.


Carolina Hurricanes
They need a #1 center desperately, and they've completely changed ownerships, coaches and the GM. If they're seriously ready to win, adding Tavares is a great fit. He should finally propel them into the playoffs, and they have lots of great wingers that can help support. The defense is on the rise and looks to be fantastic for years to come. If Darling can play like the #1 goalie that the Canes brought him in to be, it's a great fit for Tavares. But unfortunately for them, there are better win now options and the Darling decision doesn't look good out of the gate.


Columbus Blue Jackets
Moving PLD down to 2C and making Tavares the 1C makes this team an instant Cup threat. Biggest issue is going to be the salary obstacle, where they'd have to move out a lot of money in order to make it work. While it's possible and makes a ton of hockey sense, odds are that the Jackets can't move out the necessary money to bring him into the fold.


The 5 Best Options

New Jersey Devils
Hischier and Tavares is a fantastic 1-2 down the middle, and they already have MVP candidate Taylor Hall at the ready, That's 3 first overall picks in the top six forwards (and yes, it's a helluva lot better than Edmonton's was), which can prove to be absolutely lethal. They have tons of money at their disposal to make it happen, and they'd be instantly thrown up into the upper tier of the Eastern Conference with this move.


Colorado Avalanche
They already have Mackinnon, but adding Tavares into the lineup is the Western version of Crosby-Malkin. The Avs have a ton of cap space to do it, a ton of futures to help the team in the long run, and a lot of depth in all areas of the game. If they can add another defenseman, they are legit threats in the West with JT.


San Jose Sharks
The team would instantly be ready to win the Cup if they can make it happen, which is a big if. They'd need to buy out or trade Paul Martin, as well as lock up guys like Hertl and Tierny for cheap. This would mean the end of the road for Thornton in San Jose, but it makes their Cup window much longer. If they can make the cap gymnastics work, than it's the best destination for Tavares. Only issue is whether or not the Sharks can make the room to bring in an elite center.


St. Louis Blues
Another team in dire need of an elite center. Tavares and Schenn is a great 1-2 punch, and the defense is excellent. The wing support in Tarasenko, Schwartz, etc. is amazing, and they have help on the way in the form of Kyrou, Thompson, Kostin and Thomas. Goaltending is an issue for them, but if Allen can be a sustainable long term #1, the Blues instantly are thrown into the mix with Nashville and Winnipeg at the top of the Central.


Vegas Golden Knights
Great market? Check. Need for an elite center? Check. Cap space? Check. Able to win now? Check. Vegas is the ideal destination for a high profile free agent such as Tavares. It allows Karlsson to be a more comfortable 2C where he can thrive more as well as take some pressure off of him to repeat the incredible season he just had. The defense is solid and Fleury was amazing for the Golden Knights, so adding Tavares makes them the favorite to repeat in the Western Conference.



My rankings of the Tavares Destinations
1. Golden Knights
2. Avalance
3. Devils
4. Sharks
5. Blues


While I have no idea what to "expect", Tavares going to the Golden Knights makes all the sense in the world on paper. What are everybody else's thoughts?
Vegas Golden Knights
Jun 12, 2018 at 6:48
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I'm going with the Isles still. I think he'll wait until he can talk to other teams, but then choose to re-sign, just like Stamkos did.
Jun 12, 2018 at 7:08
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I'm going with the Isles still. I think he'll wait until he can talk to other teams, but then choose to re-sign, just like Stamkos did.


You do realize that it’s a terrible hockey decision tho right?
Jun 12, 2018 at 7:13
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If I'm Tavares, I'm leaving. But the real John Tavares will almost certainly stay because hockey players and hockey in general are boring that way.
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Jun 12, 2018 at 11:04
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You do realize that it’s a terrible hockey decision tho right?


rolling eyes
Jun 12, 2018 at 11:20
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rolling eyes


I take that as a yes
Jun 13, 2018 at 12:39
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Quoting: krakowitz
I take that as a yes


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Jun 13, 2018 at 12:43
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
shakes head


nod
Jun 13, 2018 at 12:43
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Quoting: BoltsPoint21
nod


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Jun 13, 2018 at 11:56
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At first I was thinking Toronto. But Toronto's already going to have cap issues with Matthews, Nylander, and Marner. I can see Tavares going to St Louis as they're a pretty competitive team. He could work with Tarasenko and he would be a real threat.
Jun 13, 2018 at 2:08
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At first I was thinking Toronto. But Toronto's already going to have cap issues with Matthews, Nylander, and Marner. I can see Tavares going to St Louis as they're a pretty competitive team. He could work with Tarasenko and he would be a real threat.


I don't think folks have really thought out "cap issues". Let's talk Leafs. Leafs can afford Tavares this year and Nylander too. Come 2019/20 the Leafs would likely have to trade Nylander (for example) to get Tavares, Matthews and Marner signed. So for the Leafs it isn't really a cap issue, it's who they would rather have Tavares or Nylander. Of course that's assuming Tavares wants to be a Leaf.

Folks seem to think it's only the Leafs that will cap issue with a big UFA signing. Well it's going to true for virtually all teams. Teams are just going see their cap priorities, and who fills out their roster.
Jun 13, 2018 at 2:25
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I don't think folks have really thought out "cap issues". Let's talk Leafs. Leafs can afford Tavares this year and Nylander too. Come 2019/20 the Leafs would likely have to trade Nylander (for example) to get Tavares, Matthews and Marner signed. So for the Leafs it isn't really a cap issue, it's who they would rather have Tavares or Nylander. Of course that's assuming Tavares wants to be a Leaf.

Folks seem to think it's only the Leafs that will cap issue with a big UFA signing. Well it's going to true for virtually all teams. Teams are just going see their cap priorities, and who fills out their roster.


Who would be the 1st line center though? If they tade Nylander to keep Tavares that means either Matthews or Tavares is going to have to play 2nd line or on the wing.
Jun 13, 2018 at 2:43
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Quoting: dubby
Who would be the 1st line center though? If they tade Nylander to keep Tavares that means either Matthews or Tavares is going to have to play 2nd line or on the wing.


Let's stop this fascination about numbering players. It's meaningless. The correct way is have your best players playing. You do realize that a team plays four lines, so there is plenty of room of at least two premier centres
Here it goes. You been watching too much of Habs hockey lately if you think all your best players have to be on the same line.
Grundstrom Matthews Marner
Marleau Tavares Kapanen
Johnson Kadri Brown
Tishnakov, Aaltonen, Leivo in 2019/20. What's the big mystery.?
Jun 13, 2018 at 3:58
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Let's stop this fascination about numbering players. It's meaningless. The correct way is have your best players playing. You do realize that a team plays four lines, so there is plenty of room of at least two premier centres
Here it goes. You been watching too much of Habs hockey lately if you think all your best players have to be on the same line.
Grundstrom Matthews Marner
Marleau Tavares Kapanen
Johnson Kadri Brown
Tishnakov, Aaltonen, Leivo in 2019/20. What's the big mystery.?


Dubby: your argument doesn’t make sense. Lots of teams don’t really call players 1/2/3. Look at Crosby Malkin. Are you calling Malkin a 2C. Or does Pittsburgh have 2 deep lines down the middle
Jun 13, 2018 at 4:19
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Quoting: krakowitz
Now that it's officially the offseason, it's time to get everyone's final thoughts on the John Tavares sweepstakes. If he has no contract on July 1, where does he go?


New York Islanders
If Tavares decides to stay with the Islanders, I see that as being the worst decision of his life. That team is so far away from Cup contention with or without him that it would be a waste of 8 years for him to stay. The only reason for him to stay at all is if he wants to stay loyal and doesn't want to move around. While they are still one of the more likely destinations, it makes the least amount of hockey sense to me.


Nashville Predators
While they seemingly have their 1-2-3 set down the middle in Johansen, Bonino and Turris, pursuing a truly elite centerman in Tavares makes sense. They could then trade Johansen to a team like the Islanders for a lot of future assets. It's an unlikely situation, but Poile can never be counted out.


Minnesota Wild
This one would require some fancy cap maneuvering, but it makes a ton of sense from a hockey standpoint. While Eric Staal had a great year last year, the chances of him replicating that aren't very good. Koivu is also getting older, so this allows for them to have a legitimate #1 center to build around guys like Zucker, Niederreiter, Coyle, Granlund, etc. The Wild are a team seemingly stuck in decency, but adding Tavares makes them a legitimate threat in the West. However, the cap situation seems like one that the Wild won't be able to overcome in order to sign Tavares.


Montreal Canadiens
We all know about the search for Montreal's next first line center, and bringing in Tavares makes them legit playoff threats in the East. But many question whether or not Tavares would like all the media attention that comes in Montreal, and there are also better options for him to win now. But a core of Tavares, Weber and Price is a really good starting point for a Cup contender. The supporting cast is a different question, which is why Montreal doesn't make a ton of sense for him IMO.


New York Rangers
While they are starting a rebuilding process, top line centers are going to be very difficult to come by. Zibanejad seems more like an ideal 2C than anything else, but Lias Andersson has oodles of potential to become a top six center for them. They have the money and it's a somewhat familiar area for Tavares to play in, plus it gives Lundqvist a much better shot at the Cup. Although it makes a lot of sense at first glance, the biggest issue becomes the fact that even with Tavares, the Rangers are still a year or two away from being playoff threats again, so he'll most likely look elsewhere.


Vancouver Canucks
Even though they already have Horvat in the lineup and Pettersson on the upswing, Tavares is a player who can fit into the lineup and make the youngsters feel much more comfortable. It can push Horvat into a 2C role and allow Pettersson to play the wing as he adjusts to the NHL. They have the financial flexibility to pull it off as well. But the issue is the same thing as the Rangers. Even with Tavares, the team is still a year or two away from being a playoff threat, meaning that there are better options for him.


Toronto Maple Leafs
This one has been beaten into the ground so many times. While the Leafs can technically fit him under the cap in the long term, it's going to come at the expense of at least one young forward or them filling in the rest of the defense, which is the much more pressing need. Yes, a Tavares and Matthews 1-2 punch is very intriguing and it's Tavares' hometown, but the long term cap problems it makes may be better served elsewhere. And before someone suggests it, a one-year deal for Tavares in Toronto isn't the most realistic outcome to happen. While I will say it makes a lot of sense for all parties involved, it's highly unlikely.


Carolina Hurricanes
They need a #1 center desperately, and they've completely changed ownerships, coaches and the GM. If they're seriously ready to win, adding Tavares is a great fit. He should finally propel them into the playoffs, and they have lots of great wingers that can help support. The defense is on the rise and looks to be fantastic for years to come. If Darling can play like the #1 goalie that the Canes brought him in to be, it's a great fit for Tavares. But unfortunately for them, there are better win now options and the Darling decision doesn't look good out of the gate.


Columbus Blue Jackets
Moving PLD down to 2C and making Tavares the 1C makes this team an instant Cup threat. Biggest issue is going to be the salary obstacle, where they'd have to move out a lot of money in order to make it work. While it's possible and makes a ton of hockey sense, odds are that the Jackets can't move out the necessary money to bring him into the fold.


The 5 Best Options

New Jersey Devils
Hischier and Tavares is a fantastic 1-2 down the middle, and they already have MVP candidate Taylor Hall at the ready, That's 3 first overall picks in the top six forwards (and yes, it's a helluva lot better than Edmonton's was), which can prove to be absolutely lethal. They have tons of money at their disposal to make it happen, and they'd be instantly thrown up into the upper tier of the Eastern Conference with this move.


Colorado Avalanche
They already have Mackinnon, but adding Tavares into the lineup is the Western version of Crosby-Malkin. The Avs have a ton of cap space to do it, a ton of futures to help the team in the long run, and a lot of depth in all areas of the game. If they can add another defenseman, they are legit threats in the West with JT.


San Jose Sharks
The team would instantly be ready to win the Cup if they can make it happen, which is a big if. They'd need to buy out or trade Paul Martin, as well as lock up guys like Hertl and Tierny for cheap. This would mean the end of the road for Thornton in San Jose, but it makes their Cup window much longer. If they can make the cap gymnastics work, than it's the best destination for Tavares. Only issue is whether or not the Sharks can make the room to bring in an elite center.


St. Louis Blues
Another team in dire need of an elite center. Tavares and Schenn is a great 1-2 punch, and the defense is excellent. The wing support in Tarasenko, Schwartz, etc. is amazing, and they have help on the way in the form of Kyrou, Thompson, Kostin and Thomas. Goaltending is an issue for them, but if Allen can be a sustainable long term #1, the Blues instantly are thrown into the mix with Nashville and Winnipeg at the top of the Central.


Vegas Golden Knights
Great market? Check. Need for an elite center? Check. Cap space? Check. Able to win now? Check. Vegas is the ideal destination for a high profile free agent such as Tavares. It allows Karlsson to be a more comfortable 2C where he can thrive more as well as take some pressure off of him to repeat the incredible season he just had. The defense is solid and Fleury was amazing for the Golden Knights, so adding Tavares makes them the favorite to repeat in the Western Conference.



My rankings of the Tavares Destinations
1. Golden Knights
2. Avalance
3. Devils
4. Sharks
5. Blues


While I have no idea what to "expect", Tavares going to the Golden Knights makes all the sense in the world on paper. What are everybody else's thoughts?
Vegas Golden Knights


JT isn't gonna leave the Isles to play like 9 miles away or whatever it is. He might leave the Isles but there's no reason for him to do it just to go to the Devils.
Jun 13, 2018 at 4:52
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
JT isn't gonna leave the Isles to play like 9 miles away or whatever it is. He might leave the Isles but there's no reason for him to do it just to go to the Devils.


I think Tavares isn't the kind of guy who will sign with a division rival, although with all the young talent on Jersey I definitely think it would be a temptation for him.
Jun 13, 2018 at 5:45
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JT isn't gonna leave the Isles to play like 9 miles away or whatever it is. He might leave the Isles but there's no reason for him to do it just to go to the Devils.


It’s not about the location, it’s about the fact that he has a great opportunity for a long Cup window with the Devils.
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Jun 13, 2018 at 6:20
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Quoting: krakowitz
It’s not about the location, it’s about the fact that he has a great opportunity for a long Cup window with the Devils.


If Tavares like the New York City area. His girlfriend apparently has a business in the area, I agree with you the Devils might be a logical choice for Tavares, and as you said, their young team has promise.
Jun 13, 2018 at 8:54
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My hopes for JT going to MTL is practically 0%. But fingers crossed Tavares loves money! No other team imo will probably offer more $$$ to JT than the Habs.

But my gut feeling is that negotiations between MTL and JT will go more like this...

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Jun 13, 2018 at 9:50
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Quoting: krakowitz
Now that it's officially the offseason, it's time to get everyone's final thoughts on the John Tavares sweepstakes. If he has no contract on July 1, where does he go?


New York Islanders
If Tavares decides to stay with the Islanders, I see that as being the worst decision of his life. That team is so far away from Cup contention with or without him that it would be a waste of 8 years for him to stay. The only reason for him to stay at all is if he wants to stay loyal and doesn't want to move around. While they are still one of the more likely destinations, it makes the least amount of hockey sense to me.


Nashville Predators
While they seemingly have their 1-2-3 set down the middle in Johansen, Bonino and Turris, pursuing a truly elite centerman in Tavares makes sense. They could then trade Johansen to a team like the Islanders for a lot of future assets. It's an unlikely situation, but Poile can never be counted out.


Minnesota Wild
This one would require some fancy cap maneuvering, but it makes a ton of sense from a hockey standpoint. While Eric Staal had a great year last year, the chances of him replicating that aren't very good. Koivu is also getting older, so this allows for them to have a legitimate #1 center to build around guys like Zucker, Niederreiter, Coyle, Granlund, etc. The Wild are a team seemingly stuck in decency, but adding Tavares makes them a legitimate threat in the West. However, the cap situation seems like one that the Wild won't be able to overcome in order to sign Tavares.


Montreal Canadiens
We all know about the search for Montreal's next first line center, and bringing in Tavares makes them legit playoff threats in the East. But many question whether or not Tavares would like all the media attention that comes in Montreal, and there are also better options for him to win now. But a core of Tavares, Weber and Price is a really good starting point for a Cup contender. The supporting cast is a different question, which is why Montreal doesn't make a ton of sense for him IMO.


New York Rangers
While they are starting a rebuilding process, top line centers are going to be very difficult to come by. Zibanejad seems more like an ideal 2C than anything else, but Lias Andersson has oodles of potential to become a top six center for them. They have the money and it's a somewhat familiar area for Tavares to play in, plus it gives Lundqvist a much better shot at the Cup. Although it makes a lot of sense at first glance, the biggest issue becomes the fact that even with Tavares, the Rangers are still a year or two away from being playoff threats again, so he'll most likely look elsewhere.


Vancouver Canucks
Even though they already have Horvat in the lineup and Pettersson on the upswing, Tavares is a player who can fit into the lineup and make the youngsters feel much more comfortable. It can push Horvat into a 2C role and allow Pettersson to play the wing as he adjusts to the NHL. They have the financial flexibility to pull it off as well. But the issue is the same thing as the Rangers. Even with Tavares, the team is still a year or two away from being a playoff threat, meaning that there are better options for him.


Toronto Maple Leafs
This one has been beaten into the ground so many times. While the Leafs can technically fit him under the cap in the long term, it's going to come at the expense of at least one young forward or them filling in the rest of the defense, which is the much more pressing need. Yes, a Tavares and Matthews 1-2 punch is very intriguing and it's Tavares' hometown, but the long term cap problems it makes may be better served elsewhere. And before someone suggests it, a one-year deal for Tavares in Toronto isn't the most realistic outcome to happen. While I will say it makes a lot of sense for all parties involved, it's highly unlikely.


Carolina Hurricanes
They need a #1 center desperately, and they've completely changed ownerships, coaches and the GM. If they're seriously ready to win, adding Tavares is a great fit. He should finally propel them into the playoffs, and they have lots of great wingers that can help support. The defense is on the rise and looks to be fantastic for years to come. If Darling can play like the #1 goalie that the Canes brought him in to be, it's a great fit for Tavares. But unfortunately for them, there are better win now options and the Darling decision doesn't look good out of the gate.


Columbus Blue Jackets
Moving PLD down to 2C and making Tavares the 1C makes this team an instant Cup threat. Biggest issue is going to be the salary obstacle, where they'd have to move out a lot of money in order to make it work. While it's possible and makes a ton of hockey sense, odds are that the Jackets can't move out the necessary money to bring him into the fold.


The 5 Best Options

New Jersey Devils
Hischier and Tavares is a fantastic 1-2 down the middle, and they already have MVP candidate Taylor Hall at the ready, That's 3 first overall picks in the top six forwards (and yes, it's a helluva lot better than Edmonton's was), which can prove to be absolutely lethal. They have tons of money at their disposal to make it happen, and they'd be instantly thrown up into the upper tier of the Eastern Conference with this move.


Colorado Avalanche
They already have Mackinnon, but adding Tavares into the lineup is the Western version of Crosby-Malkin. The Avs have a ton of cap space to do it, a ton of futures to help the team in the long run, and a lot of depth in all areas of the game. If they can add another defenseman, they are legit threats in the West with JT.


San Jose Sharks
The team would instantly be ready to win the Cup if they can make it happen, which is a big if. They'd need to buy out or trade Paul Martin, as well as lock up guys like Hertl and Tierny for cheap. This would mean the end of the road for Thornton in San Jose, but it makes their Cup window much longer. If they can make the cap gymnastics work, than it's the best destination for Tavares. Only issue is whether or not the Sharks can make the room to bring in an elite center.


St. Louis Blues
Another team in dire need of an elite center. Tavares and Schenn is a great 1-2 punch, and the defense is excellent. The wing support in Tarasenko, Schwartz, etc. is amazing, and they have help on the way in the form of Kyrou, Thompson, Kostin and Thomas. Goaltending is an issue for them, but if Allen can be a sustainable long term #1, the Blues instantly are thrown into the mix with Nashville and Winnipeg at the top of the Central.


Vegas Golden Knights
Great market? Check. Need for an elite center? Check. Cap space? Check. Able to win now? Check. Vegas is the ideal destination for a high profile free agent such as Tavares. It allows Karlsson to be a more comfortable 2C where he can thrive more as well as take some pressure off of him to repeat the incredible season he just had. The defense is solid and Fleury was amazing for the Golden Knights, so adding Tavares makes them the favorite to repeat in the Western Conference.



My rankings of the Tavares Destinations
1. Golden Knights
2. Avalance
3. Devils
4. Sharks
5. Blues


While I have no idea what to "expect", Tavares going to the Golden Knights makes all the sense in the world on paper. What are everybody else's thoughts?
Vegas Golden Knights


I think San Jose because Tavares would fit well into the 1C spot.Also, we can bring back Jumbo if Paul Martin is bought out and Melker Karlsson or Mikkel Boedker are traded.
Jun 28, 2018 at 10:48
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From the sounds of it, it looks like it has all come down to

San Jose Sharks

Toronto Maple Leafs

New York Islanders

The way i see it:
Islanders will get him if his loyalty is his #1 priority
Leafs will get him if he is looking to play with the best player and is looking for a win now mode while also looking for a long term success
San Jose gets him if he is looking to get away from the media while still being competitive. Kind of an inbetween the other two teams with both media, pay and linemates
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Quoting: Rodzikhockey93
From the sounds of it, it looks like it has all come down to

San Jose Sharks

Toronto Maple Leafs

New York Islanders

The way i see it:
Islanders will get him if his loyalty is his #1 priority
Leafs will get him if he is looking to play with the best player and is looking for a win now mode while also looking for a long term success
San Jose gets him if he is looking to get away from the media while still being competitive. Kind of an inbetween the other two teams with both media, pay and linemates


I’d agree that those are the finalists. I think San Jose has a better shot than Toronto, given the market and how they have the entire core except Pavelski locked up (given Couture’s reported extension).

But the center depth that it gives Toronto is off the charts, big issue again is long term cap space to bring in a defenseman. While some may say Liljegren will be that guy, he then has to be compensated for it. It sure as hell gives them a wide open window to win though
Jun 28, 2018 at 11:12
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Quoting: krakowitz
I’d agree that those are the finalists. I think San Jose has a better shot than Toronto, given the market and how they have the entire core except Pavelski locked up (given Couture’s reported extension).

But the center depth that it gives Toronto is off the charts, big issue again is long term cap space to bring in a defenseman. While some may say Liljegren will be that guy, he then has to be compensated for it. It sure as hell gives them a wide open window to win though


I agree. I personally think San Jose have to figure out what they are doing with Thornton, Hertl , Meier and Couture. Those are some Grey Zone contracts that can range anywhere depending on next season. For the leafs they have a good idea on what their major assets are gonna look like. Matthews gets between 10-11.5, Marner gets betwee 6.5-7.5, Nylander gets around 5.5-6.25; Hertl, Meier and Labanc can really range especiallly if one of them palys with tavares. Also Pavelski is someone they woul dhave to force let walk. So financially i think both teams would have alot to handle. But i think if tavares is looking to move on from NYI i think its SJ or TOR
Jun 28, 2018 at 12:25
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He's not signing with the Leafs. Really, there's no way that would work.
Jun 28, 2018 at 12:28
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Quoting: rangersandislesfan
He's not signing with the Leafs. Really, there's no way that would work.


That's not true.

Yes, Tavares, Matthews, Marner & Nylander take up a significant chunk of the cap. But Dubas knows that if you have the chance to get a superstar like Tavares, you do it and you figure out the rest later by singing bargains, clearing out deals like Zaitsev, Marleau and Martin, and drafting properly.
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