John Tavares wasn’t just adamant the Islanders could retain his services. He all but guaranteed it. “I think I’ve always shown my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island,” Tavares told Sportsnet 590 on July 26, 2017. “I’d love for that to continue for the long haul. Some of the greatest players have been able to spend their entire career somewhere. I hope I’m in that same position.”
How about April 9, 2018, almost nine months later? “This is obviously where I hope to be,” he told NHL.com.
These little memory joggers aren’t intended to slam Tavares. We’ve all made pledges we couldn’t keep. Sometimes things change when it’s time for a final decision on a major life commitment. Our hearts lead us where we didn’t expect them to and/or, as in the Tavares example, othe...
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