Leafs’ John Tavares has ‘absolutely no regrets’ over leaving Islanders | NHL

John Tavares is content material together with his selection to go away New York for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs middle is nearing his return to Nassau Coliseum to face his former crew Feb. 28 however is not having second ideas about his resolution to go away the Islanders final yr.

“I’ve completely no regrets,” Tavares mentioned, via Newsday. “I’m in an excellent spot right here. It’s been an incredible alternative, and we’re simply starting.”

Tavares spent the primary 9 seasons of his profession with the Islanders, however the captain grew to become an unrestricted free agent after failing to conform to an eight-year extension with the Islanders. He was shortly picked up by the Maple Leafs after hitting the open market, a transfer that was “a childhood dream” of his.

The Islanders topped Tavares, 4-0, at Toronto of their first assembly Dec. 29.

“Clearly, it’ll be good to see a number of acquainted faces and be again in a spot that … nonetheless does imply so much to me in my profession,” Tavares mentioned. “As finest I can, I’ll attempt to deal with it like every other recreation. Clearly, it in all probability received’t be like that … Regardless of the reception is, I’ll simply give attention to taking part in and making an attempt to play effectively.”

Tavares, 28, was chosen by the Islanders with the No. 1 general decide within the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The five-time All-Star has 33 targets and 27 assists in 55 video games this season.

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