New York Islanders president Lou Lamoriello said there is zero chance of a sign-and-trade scenario involving John Tavares according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.
That would mean Tavares either stays put or goes, but it will be through a traditional transaction. Lamoriello is hopeful Tavares chooses to re-sign with the club.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that Tavares and newly-appointed head coach Barry Trotz have been in contact.
In 82 games last season for the Isles, Tavares had 37 goals and 47 assists. It's the third time in four seasons Tavares has reached the 30-goal plateau.
He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.