John Tavares willing to take Islanders contract negotiations into the season – New York News

Garth Snow said he isn’t worried about his star and captain, John Tavares, being distracted by questions regarding Tavares’ future. Nor is the Islanders GM concerned for the rest of his group and whether they will be sidetracked by the ongoing search for a new and permanent home for the Isles, who kicked off training camp Thursday and take the ice for the first time today.

“He’s a competitor, he’s got high character,” Snow said. “He’s focused on being the best player he can be, the best captain for this team and helping this team win hockey games. Ultimately he wants the same thing we all want, which is to win a Stanley Cup. I know he’s focused on that.”

Tavares said much the same Thursday, adding that he and agent Pat Brisson are more than willing to discuss a contract extension during the 2017-18 season, the final one on Tavares’ current deal.

Tavares made it clear in talks with reporters last month that his desire to wait and see how things unfold with a number of uncertain situations around the team had little to do with numbers or negotiation.

Sources on both sides said there has barely been any real contract talk and that the lines of communication between Isles owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, Snow and the Tavares…

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