2018-05-17, 08:19 AM

We're all collectively damp at the thought of Tavares taking a giant load of Geoffie's cake.

But even if he does arrive, pockets overflowing and all, how far away does that still leave us?

The Isles have had him for nine years, and made the playoffs exactly three times in that span. Last year, they had Barzal as a 2C outscore JT the Wonderboy (their top two Cs had 169 points, ours had 71)... and still missed the playoffs.

Now, clearly this isn't on Tavares. Their own masterb...uilder, Garth Snow, has seen his teams miss the playoffs eight of 11 years. Given we have the equally inept MB at the helm, does locking in Tavares for upwards of $100M, to go along with the $18M+ per annum going to Price and Weber into their mid-fifties, make us perennial contenders, or leave us on the hamster wheel to nowhere for another decade?

I'm torn. While I'd be giddy to add a 1C, there's still part of me that says 'fark it, blow it up, add as many kids/picks as possible and wait on the big-ticket items'.

Also, as an offbeat point of reference:

"I spoke with Garth at length throughout the spring about the general manager's position and he really impressed me with his passion and his knowledge."

– Islanders (then majority) owner Charles Wang

"He's somebody who really understands how to build a hockey team."

— LLP on MB

Do we really think JT, coming off nine years of one, wants to sign up for seven years of the other?

But even if he does arrive, pockets overflowing and all, how far away does that still leave us?

The Isles have had him for nine years, and made the playoffs exactly three times in that span. Last year, they had Barzal as a 2C outscore JT the Wonderboy (their top two Cs had 169 points, ours had 71)... and still missed the playoffs.

Now, clearly this isn't on Tavares. Their own masterb...uilder, Garth Snow, has seen his teams miss the playoffs eight of 11 years. Given we have the equally inept MB at the helm, does locking in Tavares for upwards of $100M, to go along with the $18M+ per annum going to Price and Weber into their mid-fifties, make us perennial contenders, or leave us on the hamster wheel to nowhere for another decade?

I'm torn. While I'd be giddy to add a 1C, there's still part of me that says 'fark it, blow it up, add as many kids/picks as possible and wait on the big-ticket items'.

Also, as an offbeat point of reference:

"I spoke with Garth at length throughout the spring about the general manager's position and he really impressed me with his passion and his knowledge."

– Islanders (then majority) owner Charles Wang

"He's somebody who really understands how to build a hockey team."

— LLP on MB

Do we really think JT, coming off nine years of one, wants to sign up for seven years of the other?