View Full Version : [Brooks] Why Brooklyn-Frustrated John Tavares Could Bolt to Leafs in ’18

Phil in Absentia
02-14-2016, 08:53 PM
The deal does indeed create oodles of projected space for the Leafs down the line, albeit with a skeleton roster, following the 2017-18 season. And who might become available as a 27-year-old free agent on July 1, 2018?

Why, none other than John Tavares.

It is more than two years down the line, and the steps that might take the Mississauga native — for whom Greater Toronto has lusted since ever before this other No. 91’s junior career commenced in Oshawa a decade ago — from here to there cannot be plotted at this early date.

But the Islanders have work to do here with not only Tavares, working on the fourth year of a club-friendly six-year deal worth $5.5 million per season, but with their entire team in making the transition from Long Island to Brooklyn.

We know how proud Tavares is of being an Islander and of being a part — no, the nucleus — of this comparative revival that, still in all, has not produced a single playoff series victory. But times change. A first-round exit this year (or, an unexpected miss altogether) would not bode well for either the core in uniform or anyone within the organization wearing civilian clothes, and it shouldn’t.

Two years from now to then. Now, the focus is on No. 91. In two summers it could well be on another No. 91.

And if it is, expectations will be anything but low in Toronto, where and when the Maple Leafs will be ready.



02-14-2016, 09:17 PM
From one mess of a franchise to another. Isles will go to shit if they lost JT.
But, could you imagine this team with both Tavares and Stamkos? Damnnn.

Phil in Absentia
02-14-2016, 09:27 PM
They almost certainly couldn't get both. It's one or the other. If they can't get Stamkos, they'll probably put their eyes toward Tavares, but the ball is in his court, just as it's in Stamkos' court right now.

02-15-2016, 09:20 AM
From one mess of a franchise to another. Isles will go to shit if they lost JT.
As opposed to?