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NHL Special Prop Bet: Will John Tavares Stay or Go?
Odds courtesy of Sports Interaction.
Will John Tavares leave the Island after 9 remarkable seasons when the star centre hits the free agent market this summer? Sports Interaction has set a special betting line for this scenario called Should I Stay or Should I Go? There’s a -220 money line that Tavares will NOT re-sign with the Islanders and +155 odds that he will.
Tavares will be a hot commodity on July 1 as the 27-year-old centre has collected more than 600 points in 662 games played. Tavares inked a 5-year deal with the Islanders in 2012 that paid him an average salary of $6 million per year. Expect that number to rise when Tavares signs this summer, regardless if it’s with the Islanders or another NHL club.
Here are 5 possible destinations for John Tavares this summer.
1. Montreal Canadiens
The Habs have been searching for a No. 1 centre for a number of years. The club has tried everything — trading for Jonathan Drouin and even moving Alex Galchenyuk from the wing to the middle. John Tavares would solve many of those issues for the Habs, who are in semi-rebuild mode. Tavares’ name has come up frequently with the Canadiens and it makes sense as Montreal has plenty of cap space moving into the 2018-19 season and beyond. Would Tavares be willing to leave the Islanders, where he could keep a low profile, to move to the Canadiens, where he’d have to face pressure from the Montreal media on a nightly basis? We’ll find out by July 1.
2. Detroit Red Wings
Henrik Zetterberg is a future Hall of Famer, but the Red Wings captain will be 37 by the time the 2018-19 season rolls around. Detroit, which has missed the playoffs two straight seasons, will be looking for a quick rebuild and what better way that adding John Tavares to the fold. The Wings won’t have much cap space until after the 2018-19 season when many high-paid players come off the books so the club would have to get a little creative in the way they structured a potential contract with Tavares. Adding a top centre like Tavares, who is entering the prime of his career, would give the Wings exactly what they need to get back into playoff contention.
3. St. Louis Blues
The Blues sit last in goals for in a high-powered Central Division, despite having one of the best pure goal scorers in the game in Vladimir Tarasenko. Adding John Tavares would lift the Blues from playoff qualifier to legitimate Stanley Cup contender. There’s a reason why St. Louis has failed to take the next step over the last few years, despite being a favourite to win the Cup. The Blues’ top 3 centremen include Brayden Schenn, Kyle Brodziak, Vladimir Sobotka. The club has plenty of scoring wingers, but not a legitimate No. 1 centreman to lead the way. John Tavares would be the perfect fit in St. Louis, which has plenty of cap space to make that dream a reality this summer.
4. New Jersey Devils
The Devils drafted their player of the future in 2017 — Nico Hischier. However, the team has put the 19-year-old in a tough spot by making him a No. 1 centre so early in his promising career. New Jersey would also be a nice fit for John Tavares, who has faced the Devils plenty of times in the Metropolitan Division. The Devils have a number of players coming off the books after this season, which will open up space to make a serious run for Tavares in the summer. The move makes sense for the Devils, but also for Tavares, who would not have to travel very far and still get a big pay day.
5. Vancouver Canucks
Times have been tough in Vancouver but the future will be bright for the Canucks. Brock Boeser is shaping up to be a future Rocket Richard Trophy winner, but how much better with the young star be if John Tavares was passing him the puck on the top line? Vancouver will have a boatload of cap space after the Sedins and their combined $14M-per-season salaries come off the books in 2018-19. The Canucks may opt to use that money to make a run at Tavares this summer as the franchise looks to reshape the roster and move back into playoff contention.
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