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John Tavares and Jeff Carter Reach 700 Point Milestone This Weekend

Not many players can say they reached 700 points in their NHL career, let alone played enough games to reach this milestone. Still, these two Jeff Carter and John Tavares reached the 700-point marker in their NHL careers just a day apart.

Jeff Carter reached career point number 700 with an assist in Saturday’s game vs the Panthers. Carter has played in 969 NHL games, collecting 362 goals and 300 assists at the age of 34-years-old. Drafted 1st round 11th overall in 2003 by the Philadelphia Flyers, Carter spent six seasons with Philadelphia until he was shipped to Columbus in 2011 off-season. Where he played just 39 games for the Blue Jackets until he was sent to Los Angeles mid-way through the season to help the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2011-12 and again in 2013-14. Carter has now been with L.A. for 7.5 seasons. And unless something changes he will earn his 1000th NHL game with the Kings and finish his time out in L.A. as he is signed until 2022. By 2022 he will be 37-years-old.

John Tavares also earned his 700th NHL point with a goal and an assist in Toronto’s loss to Ottawa Saturday night. Tavares notched also his 40th goal of the season the first time in his career he has tallied 40 in a season. Along with point number 79 in just 72 games this season. Tavares has played in 741 NHL games collecting 700 NHL points, a 0.94 point per game over his career. Tavares has 312 goals and 388 assists in his career. Drafted first overall in 2009 by the New York Islanders and recently leaving the Island this off-season to move back home. As much criticism as Tavares has faced this season he is en route to a hall-of-fame career. At 28-years of age with already 700 points and 741 games it is only likely to assume that Tavares will reach 1000 games and 1000 points in his career.

My Reaction Following John Tavares Return To Long Island

As we all know by now the Islanders beat the Leafs 6-1 and John Tavares return to the Coliseum was a very hostile environment. Islanders fans, nearly all of them did not take Tavares return lightly. The stadium was filled with Islander fans wearing Tavares jersey with his name crossed out or written over his name on the back, the emotion was high but the hatred was even higher. I attended the game in section 234, wearing a Tavares jersey without his name crossed out.

Wearing a Tavares jersey without his name crossed out was essentially equivalent to wearing, pink shoes, a pink hat, pink shirt and pants. You stuck out like a sore thumb and everyone was looking at you and laughing. I may have been better off and safer wearing a Rangers jersey to this game. I had numerous fans come up to me and say “why are you wearing that?” or “get a new jersey he is not on the team anymore” or people talking behind my back saying “you see this non Islander fan wearing a Tavares jersey, what a troll”.

My takeaway from this game though and after hearing a lot of Islander fans opinions. 90% of Islanders fans are clues about the game of hockey, I am convinced a majority of the fan base has never stepped foot on ice, played hockey, or played competitively before in there life. The Islanders fan base is the fan base that picked up hockey when they were about 30+ years old, skated a few times play in the men’s league C division and think they could have made it to the NHL or be a coach if “they got their chance”. I have never been surrounded by so many clueless fans before in my life the lack of hockey knowledge and sense by these fans was embarrassing. The Islanders fan base is the fan base that scream shoot any time the player holds onto the puck for more than 2 seconds in the offensive zone. Say hit anytime someone goes in a corner and cheer for every bump or nudge on the ice and say skate anytime a player looks to be skating at half speed. Section 234 really made me think twice about the Islanders fan base…

More importantly. I understand I only heard/saw a handful of Islanders fans but the more important part of this discussion. The Islanders hatred for John Tavares. Yes, he left, yes “he lied”, yes he did not get traded so you can get assets for him. We get it Islanders fan he said he was going to stay forever but did not. He left the organization but how can you put all the blame on him. I can guarantee if Lou Lamoriello was the GM last season and this was the case, Lou would have made Tavares tell him what he was going to do and figure out his intentions.

The blame has to be partially on Garth Snow he did not find out what Tavares was doing or demand him to give the Islanders an answer therefore he can trade him. Lou would have made Tavares give them an answer. Lou would have said you have until x date to give us an answer or we are moving on from you. The same thing is happening in Columbus right now but you know what the Blue Jackets GM is doing he is not sitting there with his hands tied and slucking about the situation. He is building around Panarin to give him a ton of players to work with, making the Blue Jackets a better team and adding top players therefore if Panarin does walk, they will be able to re-sign Duchene and Dzingel so the walking of Panarin will not be so painful.

I was just completely blown away by the fact that no one, or very few Islanders fan in attendance did not even clap for the tribute video. I was blown away by the fact that Islanders fan chanted “JT sucks” the whole game. The Islanders are so bitter that he “lied” to them. Jeez, I guess these people never got lied to before. They are making it like Tavares killed someone in their family and got away with it. Islanders fan need to move on, 90% of these fans would not be fans of the team if it was not for Tavares. Most of them would not know the game if it was not for Tavares. No one off of Long Island would know what the Islanders are if it was not for Tavares. Also what was even more disgusting was some fans throwing snakes at Tavares while he was warming up and throwing a jersey at him as he was exiting the ice towards the locker room.

Look at the LeVeon Bell, Antonio Brown situation both star players, won super bowls with them and just picked up and left. Look at the Ilya Kovalchuk situation, signs a 13 year contract and leaves after like 3 years. The Islanders fan base took a major hit last night and I definitely do not have the same respect for them as I once did.

John Tavares Returns To Nassau Coliseum Thursday Night

The New York Islanders and Islanders have had this day circled on their calendar the moment Tavares left and the schedule was released. Returning to the Barclays Center would not have been as emotional of a return but the Coliseum where Islander fans fell in love with Tavares, where Tavares made his name as an Islander is going to make for a whirlwind of emotions.

Some Islanders fan will have mixed feelings about Tavares return but some will not. Their is going to be a thank you video on the big screen before the game but this is going to make for one hell of a game. I will be sure to capture any video or material I can when I am at the tailgate and at the game and report back the next day. Also, I will be supporting a Tavares jersey (Islanders of course) there to see what others have to say about it.

John Tavares played nine seasons with the Islanders, he was their first round first overall selection in the 2009 draft. Immediately when Tavares came to the Islanders he buried 24 goals for 54 points in 82 games. Catching the eye of every Islanders fan. Tavares went onto to score 24+ goals for the next 8-years of his career in New York. The moment Tavares put up 81 points, 31 goals and 50 assists in 82 games during his third year. The word was out on Tavares and all of Long Island fell in love with him (except some Rangers fan on the island). There are many fond moments of Tavares during his early years on the Island and it was during his early years the Islanders struggled yet Tavares was still a top talent in the league. Tavares was one of, if not the sole reason the Coliseum filled seats during their down years and it will be like that once more as he returns for a game vs the Islanders sporting a Leafs jersey.

But, why could it be that Islanders fans are so bitter about Tavares leaving? I’ve heard some arguments supporting his decision but mostly disgruntled fans saying his legacy as an Islander is tarnished. Without Tavares during those first six years of his career I don’t think anyone off of Long Island would have known what the Islanders were. Tavares spent nine seasons with the Islanders in that time the Islanders posted a 289-251-82 record, appearing in the playoffs three times (1 of them in 2012 was the lockout half year) winning one playoff series and missing the playoffs his first three years and 5 of the 9 seasons total.

Was it really unrealistic to think Tavares deserved better? He muscled through the years from 2009-2013 when the only time the Islanders made the playoffs was because half a season. He dealt with numerous coaching changes, dealt with the move to the Barclays center and being the generational talent he is. That is a lot to deal with and to still continuously show up year after year and be a top-10 NHL player, hats off to Tavares. Also, it is worthy to the note the only Islanders playoff series win in 23 years came in 2015-16 vs the Florida Panthers all due to a John Tavares overtime game-winning goal.

It just seems like the Islanders fans are being extremely bitter about the situation. Almost like when your girlfriend breaks up with after nine years because “you guys are just not fit for each other”, sure be bitter but you don’t need to have a nineteen page report from Tavares describing why he left the Islanders. I think it was pretty clear he wanted to win, he knows he is getting up here in age. Toronto is his home town. It made total sense to me but to some Islanders fans not so much. Plus how can you be bitter at someone who brought you so much joy and happiness, I mean listen to the crowd and the announcer in that video. One of the only good thing Islanders have going for them is that playoff win in 2016.

It’s just a little odd to me a guy that a six time All-Star, nine-time 24+ goal scorer with the Islanders, four time 70+ point player with the Islanders. A big reason some of you even like Islanders and follow the team to this day, a reason some of you even play or played hockey and a big reason why some of your kids play or played hockey. Tavares did so much for Long Island and to say his legacy is tarnished is beyond me. Let the guy be, enjoy the Thank You clip during the game Thursday, if you don’t like him, great but at least be an adult about it Go and cheer the Islanders on and be happy you still have a good team without him and let the walking of Tavares this summer go. I say this because TSN released a video showing Islanders fan talking bad about Tavares and his return to the Coliseum Thursday, only a few fans but if you agree with those people you probably kicked rocks and played outfield in little league.

Rob Schremp Shares Bold Take About Ex-Teammate John Tavares

It is pretty obvious that the Islanders have been quite the surprise this year, losing a generational talent and leader like John Tavares and then coming out to be the first team in the Metropolitan division. Is not something ANYONE predicted. Former Islander and ex-teammate of John Tavares, Rob Schremp came out to share a rather bold remark about Tavares after a graphic appeared online showing the Islanders record with and without Tavares.

Schremp went onto say that Tavares is “I did my job superstar” someone who “collects his points and awards and moves on”. This remark much like the Islanders 2018-19 campaign caught a lot of us off-guard.

Schremp’s full comment was as follows: 

“The ultimate I did my job superstar. He wins when he goes to play for his country as they are loaded with players mostly equal or better. Other than that he just collects his points and awards.”

I am so confused as to why Schremp said this? Did Tavares do something to him personally? Are Islanders fans still hung up on the Tavares situation it’s been half a year and they are still upset? I also can guarantee if the Islanders traded Tavares and they received a first round pick and more for Tavares no one would be saying this nor would many of them have the same animosity built up from this situation.

Either way, Schremp was definitely out of line for this comment. Tavares stuck out so many hard years with the Islanders did everything he could to make them a good franchise, won one of their only playoff series in nearly 20 years. He put in his time and years and did not feel like the management was giving back to him, so why not at 28-years-old you know your window is closing and you hold the same goal as any hockey player. To win a Stanley Cup. So, why not go somewhere to try and do it?

Plus if Tavares does not leave the Islanders probably cannot sign Leo Komarov, Robin Lehner this year. They probably cannot afford to sign back Brock Nelson, Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee and Mat Barzal back in the following years. Hockey is a business and Tavares knew his best opportunity to get paid and win was somewhere else. It seems as if Schremp was not fully thinking about the situation and type of player Tavares is. By no means does he come off as a selfish player. To me it is even less selfish to go to Toronto to be in the shadows of Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and all this young talent in Toronto then stay in New York and be the star.

The Artemi Panarin Saga: What Is Going On Now?

The past two or so days has been filled with Artemi Panarin news. There doesn’t need to be much explanation as to why, Panarin is a free-agent and a franchise player. He has played 294 career NHL games with 293 points, there are not many players who have a 0.99 point per game in their career. In his four years in the league he has produced 70+ points in every year and is on pace again for a 70+ point season this year.

Further more, Panarin has been in the news a lot lately due to the trade deadline coming up and how he switched his agent to the same agent as Sergei Bobrovsky. This news of switching agents is not ground breaking honestly because all signs are pointing to Panarin testing the free agency market come the off-season.

Panarin has been involved in many media interviews regarding his future in Columbus and he has made it clear in one recent interview that he really wants to test the market and see what he is worth and see what teams are willing to go after him.

This seems clear as day to me, he wants to test free agency and see what it is all about. Now taking that into consideration that does not mean the Blue Jackets will not trade Panarin though. With this news it means the Blue Jackets should consider trading Panarin even more now.

There has been a lot of news circulating around who will and should go after Panarin but not much is concrete. The only real recent truth we have surrounding a Panarin rental deal is Nashville Predators GM David Poile has been in talks about trading for Panarin.

Also not to mention the Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello has met with Panarin’s new agent in the past couple of weeks. All of this is speculations but I would not be surprised to see Panarin moved before the deadline in light of his recent desire to peruse free agency.

Teams that can land Panarin before the deadline: 

  • Nashville Predators
  • New York Islanders
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Boston Bruins

Teams that can land Panarin in free-agency

  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • New York Rangers
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Vegas Golden Knights

New York Islanders Players They Should Trade For A Rental

The All-Star break is officially among us, therefore some players are off (those not attending the All-Star game festivities) but more importantly every NHL General Manager and owner has off from day to day operations but for some teams coaches, owners and general managers there is still some work to be done. Among those teams who’s front office will probably not get much time off during the All-Star break is the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have put themselves within the top-5 of the NHL, 1st in the Metropolitan division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have made their case to be legitimate playoff team, they have depth, goal-scoring, goal tending and coaching. But right before the team went on break Lou Lamoriello said that he is looking to upgrade the team and is interested in adding a rental player. But who might be moved for that rental player? These are my five picks at who could be moved from the Islanders.

1. Michael Dal Colle: Depending on the value of the rental forward or defenseman you are recieving the Islanders real only top prospect right now that is avialable to play in the NHL for another team, has some NHL experience, value, and is a solid stock to invest in for any team is Del Colle. He’s played 17 NHL games but has more experience in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Dal Colle has collected 166 AHL games with 93 points.

2. Sebastian Aho: The Islanders young defensive prospect does not look like he will crack the roster over the next two to three years with the solid play of Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews, Aho is the odd-man out in this situation. Therefore why not get some return for the 5th round draft pick. Aho has played 76 AHL games collecting 55 AHL points, he is playing well above a 5th round draft pick right now. He also played 22 NHL games in 2017-18 collecting 4 points.

3. Adam Pelech: The Islanders fifth defensemen at the moment has not been all that bad nor all that great. Definitely not good enough to not at least throw his name in the hat of players to potentially shed. Pelech also comes with a small price tag of 1.6 million for another three years and has played already 176 NHL games at the age of 24. Pelech is still a young defensemen that has NHL experience that can be valuable to a team like the Flyers.

4. Lucas Sbisa: The Islanders definitely do not need this guy he has been in and out of the line up all year and it seems the Islanders are not too gung-ho on Sbisa. The return for Sbisa would not be too large they would need to throw in an early draft pick but he does provide a little value to some NHL rosters. He is still only 28-years-old with 504 NHL games played.

5. Josh Ho-Sang: The last player Islander fans want to see on this list probably and realistically he probably won’t be traded but I would not be surprised to see him moved. Ho-Sang had a lot of hype surrounding him before Matt Barzal came to town. Ho-Sang has been back and forth from the AHL to the NHL for almost three years now. It is almost sad to see his talent wasted but it is obvious that the Islanders have not taken a liking to the kid. Under three different coaches Ho-Sang has not been a regular in the line up. It may be better for him to get a new start somewhere else, the only issue is that Ho-Sang’s stock is a little low right now and the Islanders would probably lose the deal if they go out and get a rental for Ho-Sang but that is the gamble of trying to take that next step to be a legit playoff team and not a one and done.

NHL Power Rankings: Islanders and Golden Knights rise. Tampa Bay and Calgary stay a top the leader boards

This is the second edition of rankings, I am usually not a big fan of weekly rankings because week by week things change very quickly. A monthly over view of the rankings is good by me. Here is my top ten teams in the NHL at the moment.

Here are last months rankings: 

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning (9-0-1) 
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-2)
  3. Winnipeg Jets (8-2-0)
  4. Calgary Flames (6-3-1) 
  5. Washington Capitals (7-3-0) 
  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-3-1) 
  7. Nashville Predators (4-5-1) 
  8. San Jose Sharks (6-2-2) 
  9. Buffalo Sabres (4-4-2) 
  10. Boston Bruins (6-4-0) 

Here is an UPDATED (1/21/2019) version of the rankings now. Note the record next the teams name is their last ten games.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (7-3-0)

2. Calgary Flames (8-2-0) (up two)

3. Winnipeg Jets (7-3-0) 

4. San Jose Sharks (7-3-0) (up four)

5. New York Islanders (8-2-0) (new)

6. Vegas Golden Knights (8-2-0) (new)

7. Nashville Predators (5-3-2)

8. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-4-0) (down two)

9. Boston Bruins (6-3-1) (up one)

10. Toronto Maple Leafs (3-7-0) (down eight)