Las Vegas–With the Golden Knights missing out in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, they now shift to other options in John Tavares.
With Tavares, he communicated with the New York Islanders that he has elected to speak to five teams when the interview window is set open up on Sunday.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post was the first to report the news after it broke.
I am told (though not by agent or NYI) that Tavares will meet with five teams during interview period that opens tomorrow. Rangers are not among them.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) June 23, 2018
Not long after Brooksie reported the news, TSN Resident Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun confirmed that Tavares agent Pat Brisson stated his client will the in fact use the UFA speaking period with those five teams that are in the mix.
Pat Brisson, agent for John Tavares, confirms that his client will use the UFA speaking period to chat with 5 teams
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 23, 2018
Among the five teams that are going to speak to Tavares this coming week is indeed the Vegas Golden Knights per David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.
Told Vegas is 1 of the 5 teams Tavares will speak with this week.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 23, 2018