Monday, May 8, 2017

Isles Set to Offer Tavares Mega Money

The New York Islanders are set to offer their star center John Tavares a big contract this summer.

As in, very big.

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that the Islanders are prepared to offer Tavares $10 million per year for eight years, if Tavares tells the Islanders that he's interested in staying.

The 26-year-old is set become a free agent in the summer of 2018.

Here's the details from Staple's piece:

He is eligible to sign a new deal on July 1 and the Islanders, from owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky on down, have spent the better part of a year keeping the lines of communication open with his agent, Pat Brisson, about the organization’s plans.

The Islanders are likely to offer Tavares an eight-year contract worth upward of $10 million per season.

If Tavares tells the club he’s not interested in signing this summer, Snow likely will be forced to entertain trade offers for his superstar before July 1 arrives. Even with a year left on his deal, the Islanders can’t wait to see what happens in the 2018 offseason and risk seeing their franchise player walk away with no compensation.

Staple also reported that Tavares had surgery on his right hand last month and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of next season.

Tavares is still in a cast, but is proceeding as scheduled in his recovery and should have the cast removed next week.