The New York Islanders were speedy to protect their previous “selfish” captain.
“He’s a fantastic teammate,” said defenceman Thomas Hickey, who played 6 seasons alongside Tavares in New York. “For any person to say he’s egocentric, they are just misguided. It’s possible they are on the lookout for a headline.”
That essential tweet from retired Islander Rob Schremp expressing Tavares “just collects HIS points and HIS awards” certainly created for an interesting headline previous 7 days.
The ultimate “ I did my occupation “ kind of superstar. He wins when he goes to participate in for his region as they are loaded with gamers mainly equivalent or much better. Other than that, he just collects HIS points and HIS awards.
— Rob Schremp (@RobSchremp) February 16, 2019
Positive, Tavares left the Islanders to sign up for his childhood team in Toronto, but his previous teammates even now have his back — more than enough for several of them to condemn Schremp’s unsavoury accusations.
“The calendar year John missing the scoring title by a single issue (to Jamie Benn in 2014-15), in a meaningless participate in about halfway as a result of the calendar year I shot it and it looked like Johnny tipped it,” Hickey recalled. “He acquired credit rating for it. Following the match he explained, ‘I’m heading to modify that, I didn’t touch it — that was your issue.’”
“If the team isn’t owning achievement and he is, it is not his fault,” explained Jordan Eberle, who only put in a season with Tavares in Extended Island. “I’ve never ever seen him be egocentric. (The tweet) was a little bit astonishing. I was stunned, since I know John and played with him and I think the bulk of fellas who played with him will say the exact point.”
“The way he normally takes care of himself and all that — he wanted to be the most effective. Which is his objective. Everything he did was for the team,” echoed Islanders winger Andrew Ladd. “Nothing but fantastic factors from me as a teammate. He’s acquired a fantastic rep in this space.”
Even though the Islanders guaranteed do not feel to agree with Schremp, this story line must add a little a lot more gas to the fire as Tavares prepares to make his hugely-expected return to Extended Island on February 28.
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