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As John Tavares makes his first comeback, the Islanders suddenly have problems – The Athletic



"We just need both points."

Barry Trotz is not trying to downplay what's going to happen on Thursday when John Tavares returns to the Coliseum with the Leafs for his first visit to Long Island in his new uniform. What is coming is probably a bit of a gong show for the fans. It's not that the Isles fans had to leave now, because it's their first chance to see their former captain and star after he decided to leave for Toronto. But regarding the issues of the players on both sides about the game and the planned demonstrations of affection for Tavares, there will be a circus atmosphere leading to the puck.

Trotz tried to calm the game by canceling Wednesday's training at the last minute and barring players from talking to the media. The disconcerting video of News12 that turned Tuesday on TV shocked some players. It shows some thirsty fans telling a camera outside the Coliseum what they would say …


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