Will John Tavares and the New York Islanders Part Ways After This Season?

John Tavares, NY Post
John Tavares Draft Day 2009, Zimbio
Chris Wagner, HF Boards

New York Islander fans have been busy on Twitter, illustrating their feelings about their general manager. There is a twitter page called “Snow Must Go”, as fans come together to talk about their frustration with the GM, as well as the direction the team is heading. With the creation of a Gofundme account and the use of a #snowmustgo hashtag, fans were able to raise more than $2,725 dollars. And what this money was for was comical and genius. This campaign was created in order to buy two billboards, located about half a mile from the Barclays Center, which would read “Snow Must Go”. This is an example of a peaceful protest, and a few days later the billboard was visible. According to NBC Sports article “Snow Must Go“, the Islander fans posted this message on social media in order to gain support: It’s time to send a clear message to Islanders owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin. Fans will no longer tolerate the culture of losing surrounding this franchise. Help us send a message and tell ownership that “SNOW MUST GO” on a poster board within a half mile of the Barclays Center.” This, hopefully, will depict to the owners that the fans are fed up, and changes need to be made in order to keep Tavares and lead the team in the right direction.

Barclays Center, Pentagram
New York City Live, Arch Daily

Another main issue with the team is their home arena for the next few years. Any player would want a stable living condition for themselves as well as their families. The Islanders have won a bid to build a new state of the art stadium at Belmont, which will be their home starting in the 2020-2021 season. Next year the Islanders will be playing 12 home games at their old home in Uniondale New York, once called Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, now New York City Live. In 2019 the Islanders will split home games fifty-fifty with these facilities. The Barclays Center has not been making enough money off the Islanders and wants them out earlier than expected.

This will also play a major role in John Tavares’s decision. There has been no talk from Tavares about wanting to leave and when interviewed about future seasons he uses the word “We”. But he is a professional and that is his job, as a captain and a player. One thing is certain, as the season comes to a close, the panic level for Islander fans is sure to increase as we wait for the decision of our captain.
This article is co-authored by Thomas Dolan and Stefen Rosner

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