John Tavares, Islanders continue extension talks

New York Islanders captain John Tavares said he's had meetings with the team concerning a contract extension and that he wants to remain with the franchise.

"I've enjoyed my time being an Islander, and I want that experience to continue," Tavares told TSN on Tuesday. "For me, I just want to get ready for the upcoming season and work on being the best player I can be for the Islanders.

Tavares, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, became eligible to sign an extension July 1 but is set to play next season on the final year of his six-year, $33 million contract. He led the Islanders with 66 points last season, and he is expected to be ready in time for the 2017-18 season after having surgery on his right hand in April.

"I think I'll just keep that all internal," Tavares told TSN about the negotiations. "We've had great open communication; it's obviously a great place to play."

In his eight seasons with the Islanders, Tavares has 235 goals and 302 assists. The four-time All-Star has led the Isles to three playoff appearances.