John Tavares is pleased with the state of negotiations with the New York Islanders as he enters the final season of his contract.
Tavares wasn't willing to discuss the talks he's had with Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight, but it appears the dialogue has been positive.
Tavares was the No. 1 pick in 2009.
Tavares signed a six-year contract with an average annual value of $5.5 million in 2011.
"For me there's really no rush," Tavares told the newspaper. "I'm trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it's been good so far. … In terms of signing a new contract, there's a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I've had with Garth, the team and Doug, I don't think it's productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal. That's the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy."