By now if you’ve been on Twitter you’ve probably seen a clip of a video produced by News 12 entitled Dear John ahead of former New York Islanders Captain John Tavares leaving the team to join the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In the video entitled #DearJohn fans attack Tavares for leaving the Isles to join his childhood team the Maple Leafs. You can check out the full video here: http://longisland.news12.com/story/40011194/dear-john
Before I get into my reaction to the video, I want to state that I understand Islanders fans feeling like John Tavares left the team and the fans high and dry, I do. But that being said this video missed the mark so hard and honestly comes off more as a really bad parody than anything I could ever take seriously.
But where’s the video calling out the organization that let Tavares walk away? Why aren’t fans fed up with the general manager who failed to put together a winning team that would entice Tavares to stay? There’s also the issue of the organization deciding to move the team out of Long Island to play in the Barclay Center, but I digress.
It’s almost like if you were working in an organization where you were expected to lead a group of people and succeed year in and year out and constantly fell short because you weren’t given the right resources to succeed would you stay in that organization? Or would you find an organization that would give you the right resources to succeed while also paying you for the experience you bring with you?
At the end of the day hockey players want to win the Stanley Cup and while it would be great for them to reach that success with the team that drafted them. The reality of that happening are slim so when guys have the opportunity to find the best option for them to actually reach the end goal, they’re going to take it and they know that fans will get hurt but that’s just part of the game.
Hopefully Tavares doesn’t get too hostile of a welcome when he takes the ice in Long Island tonight but after watching #DearJohn I think that’s a fools hope.