Islanders fans share bitter messages for Tavares in 'Dear John' news segment

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Thursday night, John Tavares makes his highly anticipated return to Long Island since signing with the Maple Leafs in the summer.

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Tavares spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Islanders, but the captain became an unrestricted free agent after failing to agree to an eight-year extension with the Islanders. He then signed with the Maple Leafs, which he said was a “a childhood dream” of his.

He received much backlash from Islanders fans after the decision, but time has passed and the Islanders are currently sitting first in the Metro… So all is well, right? Well, apparently not.

Islanders fans don’t hold back about Tavares in “Dear John” news segment ( News 12 Long Island)
Islanders fans don’t hold back about Tavares in “Dear John” news segment ( News 12 Long Island)

News 12 Long Island did a story called “Dear John” where Islanders fans record a message to the 28-year-old prior to his return.


One fan said, “You were seen as the face of the franchise, the saviour, you were the chosen one.”

“We thought you were a class act… Looks like it was all just an act.” Another added.

Towards the end of the video it shows two fans calling him a “liar, traitor and a snake” it then goes to them calling him “pajama boy” in unison, in reference to his famous tweet of him sleeping on Maple Leafs bed sheets as a kid.


The full messages recorded by the fans can be found at News 12’s website.

Many Leafs and even Islanders fans have reacted to the video saying it’s a bit dramatic.




Tavares said no matter what the reception he gets on Thursday night, he’s just going “to focus on playing.”

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