John Tavares is unlikely to decide for Friday whether to re-sign with the New York Islanders or become a free agent, The Athletic reported.
Tavares was ready to announce its decision on Friday
The 27-year-old center was in Toronto after attending six teams this week in Los Angeles, including the Islanders, the website said. He has until midnight ET Saturday to sign an eight-year contract with the Islanders, but because of the complexity of such a contract, it was believed he would tell them his intent beforehand.
Tavares can sign an eight-year deal with only the Islanders, and only before he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1
The Islanders, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, San Jose Haie, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs each made a presentation to Tavares during the NHL interview period, which began on Sunday. The report said Friday that the Sharks and Maple Leafs continue to be the leading contenders, with the Islanders signing it.
TSN reported Friday that Agent Pat Brisson remained in communication with each of the teams involved in the process.
Tavares, the # 1 NHL Draft in 2009, scored 84 points (37 goals, 47 assists) this season for the Islanders, who missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second season in a row , He has led the Islanders in seven of his nine NHL seasons and has finished no less than a second.
Tavares scored 621 points (272 goals, 349 assists) in 669 NHL games, fifth in the history of the Islanders, but the first among the players was not part of their four consecutive Stanley Cup-winning teams from 1980-83. He has been captain since the start of the 2013-14 season and was a finalist for the Hart Trophy in 2013 and 2015.
"This is obviously where I hope to be, I've always said that," Tavares said on April 9, two Days after the end of the islanders season. "But of course I have some time to think about my situation and go on from there.
" I loved it here. People really hugged me, the team, the organization. It's top notch since I'm here. There is obviously a great talent and some great things ahead of us. In any case, many positive things. Of course I have to take some time to find out what I want to do and continue from there. "