There are some big-name UFAs that could be looking for new homes come the start of free agency later this year, but the biggest name on the list is John Tavares by far.
The 27-year-old has 52 points this season and has spent his entire career on Long Island, but he could have choose to play somewhere else come the summer. Leafs fans are hoping that somewhere else is in Toronto.
Monday, the Islanders take on the Canadiens in Montreal and ahead of the game, the topic of free agency came up as it always seems to do when JT is in Montreal or Toronto.
Tavares took advantage of the opportunity, though, as he reaffirmed his commitment to staying in Long Island for years to come.
The Islanders are one-point back of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and are moving back to Long Island, so the organization is in a good place right now.
It will be in an even better place once Tavares signs a deal to stay with the team, but until then, fans won't be able to rest easy and Leafs fans, along with fans of every other team, will continue to hope and pray that he doesn't stay with New York.
(H/T: John Lu)