The New York Islanders were brief to defend their previous “selfish” captain.
“He’s a excellent teammate,” said defenceman Thomas Hickey, who played six seasons along with Tavares in New York. “For anyone to say he’s selfish, they are just misguided. It’s possible they are wanting for a headline.”
That crucial tweet from retired Islander Rob Schremp stating Tavares “just collects HIS details and HIS awards” certainly manufactured for an fascinating headline past 7 days.
The top “ I did my job “ variety of celebrity. He wins when he goes to engage in for his place as they are loaded with gamers primarily equivalent or much better. Other than that, he just collects HIS details and HIS awards.
— Rob Schremp (@RobSchremp) February 16, 2019
Absolutely sure, Tavares still left the Islanders to be part of his childhood team in Toronto, but his previous teammates continue to have his back — more than enough for several of them to condemn Schremp’s unsavoury accusations.
“The yr John missing the scoring title by a person stage (to Jamie Benn in 2014-15), in a meaningless engage in about halfway through the yr I shot it and it seemed like Johnny tipped it,” Hickey shared with Sportsnet’s Eric Francis. “He got credit history for it. Soon after the game he claimed, ‘I’m going to adjust that, I didn’t contact it — that was your stage.’”
“If the team isn’t owning achievements and he is, it is not his fault,” claimed Jordan Eberle, who only spent a year with Tavares in Prolonged Island. “I’ve under no circumstances observed him be selfish. (The tweet) was a bit surprising. I was stunned, since I know John and played with him and I assume the greater part of men who played with him will say the very same point.”
“The way he usually takes treatment of himself and all that — he needed to be the best. That’s his purpose. Everything he did was for the group,” echoed Islanders winger Andrew Ladd. “Nothing but excellent things from me as a teammate. He’s got a excellent rep in this home.”
Though the Islanders absolutely sure do not seem to be to concur with Schremp, this tale line ought to insert a minimal additional fuel to the fire as Tavares prepares to make his hugely-predicted return to Prolonged Island on February 28.
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