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 Posted: Sun Jul 1st, 2018 06:15 pm
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The John Tavares sweepstakes are over: TheToronto Maple Leafs have landed the free agent centre with a seven-year deal with an average annual value of $11 million.
The first overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, Tavares has 272 goals and 621 points in 669 career NHL games and coming off a 2017-18 season in which he scored 37 goals and 84 points.
It was a happy Canada Day indeed for fans of the Maple Leafs, who finally saw one of their native sons come home in the prime of his NHL career.
Here is how the news unfolded and the reaction that came from Leafs Nation:
7 years for Tavares in TOR
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2018
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— John Tavares (@91Tavares) July 1, 2018
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— John Tavares (@91Tavares) July 1, 2018
Not everyday you can live a childhood dreampic.twitter.com/YUTKdfMALl
— John Tavares (@91Tavares) July 1, 2018
John Tavares calls his decision to come to Toronto a "calculated leap of faith." Mentions this is his childhood dream.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2018
Welcome @91Tavares now we go to work
— Nazem Kadri (@43_Kadri) July 1, 2018
Welcome aboard @91Tavares ! Pumped to have you in the blue and white and now call you a teammate#goleafs
— Auston Matthews (@AM34) July 1, 2018
I’m going to be watching a lot more hockey the next 7 years. Welcome @91Tavares to the @MapleLeafs!
— Milos Raonic (@milosraonic) July 1, 2018
TAVARES IS OFFICIALLY A TORONTO MAPLE LEAF! WELCOME HOME #Tavareswatch #Leafs #Tavarespic.twitter.com/hVHes8HasN
— Vanessa (@97vannov) July 1, 2018
JOHN TAVARES IS A MAPLE LEAF
— jenna (@jaysjenna) July 1, 2018
I LOVE YOU JOHN TAVARES https://t.co/kCQcpyO6h2
— Marco (@MarcoGRovere) July 1, 2018
WOW TAVARES IN TORONTO
— Coy France (@Trustytheproces) July 1, 2018
JOHN TAVARES IS A TORONRO MAPLE LEAF WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
— Ashley (@phaneufsgirl3) July 1, 2018
JOHN TAVARES AND AUSTON MATTHEWS ARE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS!
— Brandon Beer (@BrandonBeer33) July 1, 2018
OH MY GOD JOHN TAVARES IS A LEAF
— Jayson (@pass_the_jelly) July 1, 2018
I guess "Tanking for Tavares" worked out in the end. Wow.
— bradford. (@b_sinc) July 1, 2018
TAVARES IS HOMEEEEEE
— jess (@jessicalamantia) July 1, 2018
On #CanadaDay John Tavares is a #Toronto Maple Leaf!! How fitting! #TMLtalk | #GoLeafsGopic.twitter.com/qaNNAoQ3Es
— Toronto SportsGirl (@TO_sportsgirl) July 1, 2018
JOHN TAVARES IS A TORONTO MAPLE LEAF! I can't believe it! Best Canada Day in Toronto Maple Leafs history! #FreeAgentFrenzy #TavaresWatch is finally over!
— Manpreet Singh C (@MSC_Canuck) July 1, 2018
I think Tavares made the right decision. Most of Toronto's top players are really young and still improving. Unlike San Jose, for example, Toronto is in position to contend now *and* in the future.
— Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) July 1, 2018
















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Still won't win a cup.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Still won't win a cup.
Ya had to mention the Cup  :(

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lobo316 wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Still won't win a cup.
Ya had to mention the Cup  :(

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Right but you will with JVR lolol

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the squared circle wrote: Right but you will with JVR lolol
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Leafs get rid of JVR and Bozak. Komarov is probably gone as well. They'll bring up Andreas Johnson and Grundstrum and Kapanen. They have maybe 3 guys over 30 in the lineup.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Leafs get rid of JVR and Bozak. Komarov is probably gone as well. They'll bring up Andreas Johnson and Grundstrum and Kapanen. They have maybe 3 guys over 30 in the lineup.
Matthews/Tavares/Kadri up the middle.  I guess the idea of having Nylander play C at some point is basically out the window.



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Nylander will get traded for some D help.



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I wonder who you make a pitch for. They're not going go waste Nylander on a 1 and done like Karlson, so it needs to be another young guy who they can sign for a while.

These are the guys I"d target

Seth Jones on Columbus

Tyson Barrie on Colorado

Aaron Ekblad on Florida

Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Ari


None of those teams is direct competition to the leafs, and all the guys are 26 and younger and don't have massive cap hits.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: I wonder who you make a pitch for. They're not going go waste Nylander on a 1 and done like Karlson, so it needs to be another young guy who they can sign for a while.

These are the guys I"d target

Seth Jones on Columbus

Tyson Barrie on Colorado

Aaron Ekblad on Florida

Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Ari


None of those teams is direct competition to the leafs, and all the guys are 26 and younger and don't have massive cap hits.

Jones isn't going anywhere

Barrie could be traded, possibly

Ekblad isn't getting traded

OEL just re-signed.

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Doubt any of those guys are affordable with Matthews and Marner due for big raises. They need a D man that is young and cheap with room to grow that's already good. Not a lot of those out there to be had.



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