The New York Islanders sent shock waves throughout the NHL world on Tuesday Afternoon when they fired general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight. New York promoted Lou Lamoriello to be the new general manager after being hired to be in the front office in late May.
Snow has been the general manager since July 18, 2006. He went into the general manager role right away after announcing his retirement and Snow replaced Neil Smith. Doug Weight was the Islanders coach since the middle of the 2016-2017 season after Jack Capuano was fired during the middle of the season. Weight's record in 122 games with the New York Islanders was 59-49-14 with 132 points.
With those two guys gone, does this mean unrestricted John Tavares is out the door as well? It is very likely that could be the case. Tavares had a good relationship with Weight, but the Islanders felt like they needed to make this move anyway because they felt like they weren't going to go anywhere anytime soon if Weight was still the coach and Snow was still the general manager.
Since that's out of the way, Tavares will be testing the market big time and it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't stay at all. Free agency starts on July 1 and a lot of teams will be all in on him. A few of the teams he could go to is the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, and the Nashville Predators.
If Tavares feels like he can win a Stanley Cup title with the New York Islanders he will stay, if not he will leave. With Weight being fired, Tavares's loyalty might be out the window with this team and he will leave the Islanders out to dry, but they will have a plan in place and build around Mathew Barzal for the future.
If John Tavares decides to leave this team, the New York Islanders fan base should thank him what he has brought to the table for this team. He was one of the reasons why the Islanders won a playoff series for the first time since 1993 back in 2016. The only way Islanders fans won't like him is if he signs a contract with the New York Rangers this offseason and that would be basically a big middle finger to them. If I was a betting man, I think Tavares will not be back with them next season.