Free-agent-to-be John Tavares could make his decision today.
Tavares, 27, has reduced his team list to five – the Islanders, Sharks, Maple Leafs, Lightning and Stars – and has met each other in the past week. He met with new Islanders head coach Barry Trotz and GM Lou Lamoriello on Monday, and Tavares was previously impressed with the launch of Lamoriello.
The Islanders voted Tavares # 1 in 2009 and scored 272 goals. 349 assists and 621 points since debuting with 19 in the 2009-10 season.
Last season he scored 37 goals and 47 assists, but wants to pursue a team that was last successful on the ice.