5. Anders Lee becomes the next John Tavares
Could you imagine if the New York Islanders lost another captain to free agency for the second year in a row? We all know the hatred the Islanders fan base now has for their former captain John Tavares after he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs last Summer, but what if Anders Lee did the same, only with the Canucks this time?
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The fans in Long Island showered Tavares in boos and chants of fury when he made his return to the Barclays Center on February 28th. Despite the Islanders giving Tavares a video tribute, and his former Islander teammates saying nothing but positive things about him, the fans clearly didn’t feel the same way.
Fans brought cardboard cutouts of Tavares head sporting some sort of snake hat, signs that had all sorts of kind messages on them, and my personal favourite, blue towels that had the word “Traitor” written on them, but with Tavares’ jersey number 91 replacing the letters A and I.
Islander fans didn’t handle the breakup very well, to say the least. Say what you want about it, but I can understand their frustration. Then again, we went through the whole Mark Messier debacle and we’re still standing. They’ll be alright in Long Island, they’ve got loads of young talent and a great coach.
That being said, wouldn’t the ultimate troll job be for Lee to depart the team in free agency this year? The Canucks want to add to their top six, so hey, maybe Lee becomes a member of the Canucks and becomes the second villain in Long Island in as many years.