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Report: Tavares to be named Isles captain next week

Sep 3, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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Looks as though the New York Islanders have found a replacement for ex-captain Mark Streit — and, to nobody’s surprise, that person will be John Tavares.

That’s the word out of Long Island on Tuesday — Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports the Isles are set to name Tavares as the 14th captain in franchise history at some point next week.

Tavares, 22, led the Isles with 47 points in 48 games last season and earned his first-ever Hart Trophy nomination for league MVP.

He’s the club’s most talented player and the face of the franchise, so no real surprise the organization feels he’s ready to wear the “C.” Tavares also signed a long-term pact with the Isles in 2011, agreeing to a six-year, $33 million extension that goes through 2018.

The move to such a young captain is a significant one from New York. Streit was 34 at the time of his appointment; prior to him it was 38-year-old Doug Weight and prior to Weight, it was 37-year-old Bill Guerin.

Tavares had previously served as an alternate captain behind Streit — now in Philadelphia — along with fellow forward Kyle Okposo.

No. 91’s promotion to the full captaincy means New York will need to find another person to wear an “A,” and candidates could include veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky or the club’s longest-tenured player, forward Frans Nielsen.

  1. bcisleman - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    JT is the second Islander picked #1 overall in the draft to be C. The first guy has four rings on his fingers and a slot in the HHOF.

  2. pens87 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Well deserved. He leads on and off the ice, plays with a lot of heart, and is one of my favorite players to watch. He will lead them to great things.

  3. steelers88 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Actually my pick to win the Stanley Cup this year is the New York Islanders. I think they will be the best team in the Metropolitan Division. Yes even ahead of the Penguins.

    • barkar942 - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I agree that the Isles are massively improved. However, I feel they are weak in goal. If somehow during the season they end up with better goal tending, then they might have a shot.

  4. tjvalley - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I think Hammer should get the “A”

  5. jpelle82 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    this was all but a formality after last season. i couldnt see it any other way

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Makes sense. Johnny T is young but carries himself as seasoned vet. I only see his confidence growing after the appointment of leadership.

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