NHL Notebook: Isles Did ‘Everything’ To Retain Tavares

www.oann.com | 2/9/2016 | Staff
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The New York Islanders brought in Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations with the hope the Hall of Fame executive could get a deal done to keep star center John Tavares from signing elsewhere as a free agent.

It didn’t work out, as Tavares joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on a seven-year contract worth $11 million annually, but Lamoriello isn’t lamenting the effort he and the Isles made to retain the former No. 1 overall pick.

First - Everything - John - Lamoriello - SiriusXM

“First of all, we did everything I think we possibly could to keep John,” Lamoriello told SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Thursday. “He’s been an exceptional player for the Islanders and is a quality player. But he now is with another team, so that’s the past.”

The Islanders reportedly offered Tavares $11.25 million annually on an eight-year deal, but the 27-year-old spurned them to join his hometown team.

Tavares - Agent - Market - Maple - Leafs

–Landing Tavares in the free agent market won’t prevent the Maple Leafs from keeping some of their rising young guns, according to Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas.

Dubas appeared on the podcast “31 Thoughts” and said retaining young forwards Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews and William Nylander is doable.

Nylander - Agent - Points - Goals - Assists

Nylander, 22, is a restricted free agent after scoring 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) last season. Marner, 21, had a team-best 69 points (22 goals, 47 assists) while the 20-year-old Matthews had 63 points (34 goals, 29 assists) in just 62 games.

–Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee is seeking the dismissal of two harassment charges against him stemming from a May 31 arrest in Buffalo, N.Y.

Lee - Attorney - Paul - Cambria - Associated

Lee’s attorney, Paul Cambria, told the Associated Press that he will enter a not-guilty plea and file a motion to dismiss during Lee’s court appearance Friday in Buffalo. Lee, who has been suspended by the team, pleaded not guilty to the original harassment charge during a...
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