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John Tavares Joins The Toronto Maple Leafs


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Leafs PR..

The @MapleLeafs have agreed to terms with free agent forward John Tavares on a seven-year contract. The annual average value of the contract is $11 million.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/01/18 at 01:08 PM ET

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11 mil for one player isn’t a winning formula.

Posted by HaHasek on 07/01/18 at 01:10 PM ET

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Plus Ha…, they still need to pay Matthews but 3 tops centers are Matthews, Tavares and Kadri.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/01/18 at 01:13 PM ET

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Wooooow. I didn’t see that coming. Wow.

Good for the Toronto fans, and good for tavares. He’ll go to a team that should be competitive for the next 5 plus years.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/01/18 at 01:40 PM ET

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has agreed to terms with free agent forward John Tavares on a seven-year contract. The annual average value of the contract is $11 million.

Tavares, 27, joins the Maple Leafs after nine seasons with the New York Islanders. In 669 career NHL games, he has registered 621 career points (272 goals, 349 assists) and has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 24 career Stanley Cup playoff games. He served as captain of the Islanders for the past five seasons and ranks fifth in New York franchise history in both assists and points, while sitting seventh among all-time Islanders in goals.

The Oakville, Ontario native has registered at least 24 goals in all nine of his NHL seasons and has reached the 30-goal mark on four occasions. He has recorded the ninth-most points among all NHL skaters since the beginning of the 2009-10 season when he entered the League. Tavares was originally selected by the Islanders with the first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft. He was named to the NHL’s First All Star Team in 2014-15 and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2009-10. Tavares has skated in five NHL All-Star Games (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and captained the Metropolitan Division All-Star team in 2016.

Internationally, Tavares has represented Canada on multiple occasions, capturing an Olympic gold medal in 2014, a World Cup gold medal in 2016 and two gold medals (2007, 2008) at the World Junior Championships.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/01/18 at 02:07 PM ET

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Maybe Im stupid but I did not expect that. Finally, the Toronto joke became true. This shakes up the power balance considerably.

And NYI just lost a franchise player worth 11 million, for nothing. No matter how valuable cap space is, that is a terrifying write-off of value, there is simply no way to recoupe that. How can communication between team and player be so bad that this is allowed to happen? Trading Tavares for anything, anything at all of value at the deadline would have been better than this disaster (unless Tavares had a NTC and was being an arse for no particularly obvious reason).

Maybe im being overexcited here, but, in view of the above, the Islanders have just been left with a $11 million-sized hole in their lineup, and I know a defenseman who is going to make abouts that much soon…(not counting salary for Bobby Ryan).

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 07/01/18 at 03:09 PM ET

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