Despite hearing rumours that he is supposedly frustrated with his team's direction, John Tavares says that he remains committed to staying with the New York Islanders for the remaining four years of his contract.
The team captain signed a six-year, $33 million deal with the Islanders prior to the 2011-12 season. He was having a good year with 24 goals and 42 assists in 59 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury while playing for Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
"I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There's no part of me that wants to leave," Tavares told Newsday on Monday. "I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we've still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn't changed.
"I'm excited to come back next year and I've always loved being here," the 23-year-old added.
The Islanders finished 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference this season, one year after finishing eighth and falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.