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Tavares would not take Isles captaincy for granted

Sep 6, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders will officially name their new captain — reportedly John Tavares — on Monday, the club announced today.

The Isles have been without a captain since defenseman Mark Streit was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in June.

Tavares, 22, spoke to NHL.com today about the prospect of wearing the C for a team like the Islanders.

“So much history and a lot of great captains, a lot of great players,” he said. “To be recognized by teammates, coaches, fans as a leader and as the captain is something that is pretty special and you don’t take it for lightly, you don’t take it for granted.”

Previous Isles captains include Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin, Brent Sutter, Bill Guerin, and Doug Weight.

In addition to the Isles, the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, and Tampa Bay Lightning are all currently without captains.

  1. bcisleman - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    As I have noted elsewhere, Denis is the only other Islander #1 overall pick to be captain and he has 4 SC rings and a spot in the HHOF. Be nice if JT can say the same when he hangs ‘em up.

  2. c1md6 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Lol no bigger honor than dawning the C for pathetic islanders and that wonderful stadium, the Nassau Mausoleum; the 15 fans at the games will really be cheering on their new captain.

    • RoseTintedVisor - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      You can tell we’re back because the Ranger fans need to troll us to prove their faux masculinity. We finished 1 point behind you last year. Objects in your mirror are closer then they appear. Sure, you can sign every has been money can by, but when was the last time you developed a homegrown player of Tavares’ ilk? that’d be… never.

  3. modellforprez - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    As a Rival’s fan who’s team Watched what Tavares and Co. bring to the table. Isle fans suffered some rough times the past several seasons after what must of seemed like a decade or more of dominance in the 80’s with their what 9 Cups or 5 for the Once and always for that matter Proud Franchise. With Tavares, Okposo and some of the other key components they should be a force for Years to come. And the People of Strong Island deserve it so i for one am happy for them.

  4. c1md6 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Hmm homegrown? Considering you had the number 1 pick the last decade you’re bound to get a decent player, but guys like Callahan, girardi, Stepan, and lundqvist to name a few are “homegrown”. Lol you make the playoffs one year and now you’re “back”, won a playoff series it’s been since 1993, then maybe you can claim to be “back”

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