Islanders' Tavares signs three-year c...

Islanders' Tavares signs three-year contract

There are 68 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 15, 2009, titled Islanders' Tavares signs three-year contract. In it, Newsday reports that:

John Tavares Wednesday answered the pundit in Toronto who suggested that the pride of Ontario should reject the Islanders if they drafted him No.

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Chuck

Bronx, NY

#1 Jul 15, 2009
Sure.....we'll see how long this lasts before he's buying expensive homes and cars and hanging out in the LI Nightclubs-
Len

United States

#2 Jul 15, 2009
Gonna be cool to watch Tavares develop
eliot

AOL

#4 Jul 15, 2009
Why don't you name the "pundit" which was the highly overrated Steve Simmons. Don't protect him, you know if newspapers were diligent perhaps they would not be going the way of the horse and buggy. Steve Simmons is the writer's name. He has done a bang up job covering the Balsillie attempt at buying the Coyotes too.
Jay

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jul 15, 2009
Let's start the season!
Jay

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jul 15, 2009
Chuck wrote:
Sure.....we'll see how long this lasts before he's buying expensive homes and cars and hanging out in the LI Nightclubs-
Don't be a hater since he's making more money than you at the age of 19.
Bill

Vancouver, Canada

#7 Jul 15, 2009
JT has been compared to Espo. In his first full year, Espo had 55 points--a little more than Stamkos at 46. He finished with nearly 1600 points. JT isn't likely to take the NHL by storm and this team is not ready to compete for a playoff spot. The fanbase needs to be patient.
nocal826

Stamford, CT

#8 Jul 15, 2009
Garth Snow said "He's far more advanced than any 18-year-old I've played with ... he's almost at a point where it's like he's been a professional in the sense of the scrutiny he's been under."

I guess Garth doesn't really think Tavares is THAT advanced....he only gave him a measly three year contract instead of the standard fifteen.

“Go Ahead Liberal, Make My Day”

Since: Dec 07

Florida...home of Trump

#9 Jul 16, 2009
the pation is back !
Rob

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Jul 16, 2009
Bill wrote:
JT has been compared to Espo. In his first full year, Espo had 55 points--a little more than Stamkos at 46. He finished with nearly 1600 points. JT isn't likely to take the NHL by storm and this team is not ready to compete for a playoff spot. The fanbase needs to be patient.
Be careful with equating "has been compared to" directly to points. Tavares has also been compared to Brett Hull. Hull had 64 points in 65 games in his first full year and he had 86 goals 2 years later. You can't honestly expect Tavares to score 86 goals in 2011-12?

But I agree with the point you're making. The Tavares poll has greater than 36%(when I checked) suggesting they believe Tavares will be a top scorer and major contributor. The expectations are way too high for a kid who needs time to develop. I really hope we don't hear the typical ignorant fans booing him as a "bust" if/when he's got 5-10 goals into December. I'd love to see more than that as much as any other Islander fan but it is very realistic to expect under 10 by the end of December.
phishstyx

Dallas, TX

#11 Jul 16, 2009
oh yeah baby!
stay positive

Montvale, NJ

#12 Jul 16, 2009
Garth likes unusual moves?

I guess that includes signing on LI?

Let's Go Islanders!
Busey

Melville, NY

#13 Jul 16, 2009
nocal826 wrote:
Garth Snow said "He's far more advanced than any 18-year-old I've played with ... he's almost at a point where it's like he's been a professional in the sense of the scrutiny he's been under."
I guess Garth doesn't really think Tavares is THAT advanced....he only gave him a measly three year contract instead of the standard fifteen.
3 years is the max allowed for rookies...

Wait until it expires, then the Wanger will give him a 20 year deal.
Mark

Little Neck, NY

#14 Jul 16, 2009
3 year to develop him before he then goes on to stardom for ANOTHER TEAM. That's the way the ISLES operate.
Lots of Pride

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Jul 16, 2009
Guinness Drinker wrote:
the pation is back !
So is the jealousy!
Lots of Pride

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Jul 16, 2009
Busey wrote:
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3 years is the max allowed for rookies...
Wait until it expires, then the Wanger will give him a 20 year deal.
Ahhhh hahahaha eat your heart out.
Col GB

Fort Myers, FL

#17 Jul 16, 2009
Mark wrote:
3 year to develop him before he then goes on to stardom for ANOTHER TEAM. That's the way the ISLES operate.
Isn't this the way of all sports, especially in N.Y.
Busey

Melville, NY

#18 Jul 16, 2009
Lots of Pride wrote:
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Ahhhh hahahaha eat your heart out.
??? about what??

a 20 year deal?

Or Rickys 15 year deal?

Please be more specific
Bill

New Westminster, Canada

#19 Jul 16, 2009
Rob wrote:
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Be careful with equating "has been compared to" directly to points. Tavares has also been compared to Brett Hull. Hull had 64 points in 65 games in his first full year and he had 86 goals 2 years later. You can't honestly expect Tavares to score 86 goals in 2011-12?
But I agree with the point you're making. The Tavares poll has greater than 36%(when I checked) suggesting they believe Tavares will be a top scorer and major contributor. The expectations are way too high for a kid who needs time to develop. I really hope we don't hear the typical ignorant fans booing him as a "bust" if/when he's got 5-10 goals into December. I'd love to see more than that as much as any other Islander fan but it is very realistic to expect under 10 by the end of December.
He is more an Espo type...more his kind of game. He seems to think so as well. Read Espo's bio. Needs linemates who are good at digging the puck out of the corner. Hunts and Comeau or Joensuu or maybe this Martin guy if he comes to terms. Definitely not someone like Tanguay who has become injury prone and doesn't like the physical game.

In any event, 55 points is a realistic number for his first year. I figure him for 50-60 points. Hopefully playing with him brings out that whole other level in Hunts' game that has been missing since he was a rookie.

We need one more draft and FA to get the core in place on O and D. Took Jimmy D 15 years to get the Ilitches a Cup in Hockeytown. Fans need to be patient.
Bill

New Westminster, Canada

#20 Jul 16, 2009
Mark wrote:
3 year to develop him before he then goes on to stardom for ANOTHER TEAM. That's the way the ISLES operate.
He will be an RFA in three years. Won't be going anywhere.
Busey

Melville, NY

#21 Jul 16, 2009
Bill wrote:
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He will be an RFA in three years. Won't be going anywhere.
You Isle fans are morons.

An RFA can be offered a contract by any other team.

You think the Isles will match? No chance.

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