New York’s John Tavaris’ agent has been approached by teams about bringing him back to the Islanders, according to multiple sources.
In an exclusive interview with ESPNNewYork.com, agent Tom Wilson told ESPNNew York’s Andrew Marks that a number of teams have contacted him about a possible reunion with Tavares, who had two stints with the Islanders.
“I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it is happening,” Wilson said.
“If a team comes to me with a prospect, I’ll be more than happy to talk to them.
But I’m not sure if that’s true.
I’ve spoken to a few teams and there’s some people in New York, and I’m sure there are some other teams as well.”
Wilson, who played for Tavares in the NHL from 2004-08, also said he doesn’t know where the Islanders will be without Tavares.
“They are in a bit of a rebuilding mode, but they’ve made a lot of progress,” Wilson told Marks.
“They have to go in a different direction.”
Tavares has played in six games with the Hurricanes this season, scoring one goal and six assists for five points.
The 27-year-old is also on a $6.5 million cap hit this season.
He could be back on the ice with the Isles as early as Monday.
The Islanders have had to make some tough decisions during the offseason.
The team released veteran goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman Kyle Okposo on July 1, with veteran forward Anders Lee and goaltender Martin Jones also traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Mark Streit and defenseman John-Michael Liles.
Wilson, the former New York Rangers forward, is a veteran of the New York Jets, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.
He played for New Jersey and Tampa Bay in the American Hockey League and in the Kontinental Hockey League.
Wilson played in the Swedish Hockey League for seven seasons and was the coach of the Swedish National Team from 2005-09.