Now that Ilya Kovalchuk has left the table, John Tavares is the undisputed crown jewel of the NHL-free agency this summer.
The Star Center will officially launch on July 1, and the consensus seems to be that six teams are eligible to receive Tavares's services.
However, you may be able to split this list in half.
According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, there are two teams besides the New York Islanders, who emerge as favorites for the 27-year-old.
"Tavares was impressed by the pitches from all six teams: The (Toronto Maple) Leafs, Islanders, (San Jose) Haie, (Boston) Bruins, (Tampa Bay) Lightning and (Dallas) Stars," Tavares writes. "It is believed that if Tavares were to leave the islands, it is the sharks and leaves on No. 1
"The Leafs have their young stars, a coach in Mike Babcock, the Tavares very respected (of course, he has now with the Islanders in Barry defiance) and the possibility of a one-year maximum offer of about 16 million dollars for the next season before a possible eight-year extension in a modest number afterwards. "
Staples' report obviously does not bode well for the Bruins, who have already swung on Kovalchuk and missed and are in danger of losing Rick Nash as well. Boston does not necessarily need a superstar, but with Tavares, the B would be a top contender for the Stanley Cup next season.
If the Black and Gold really get out of the Tavares raffle, Patrice Bergeron may need to call the nine-year veteran again to get his team back on the road.
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