Fresh off landing the biggest fish in the NHL free agent pond, Kyle Dubas went back to work and managed to come to terms with four other veteran players.
But FIRST… in case you missed it, Dubas and the Leafs made a historic signing today by inking superstar John Tavares to a seven year, $77 million contract.
The Maple Leafs 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.
Tavares, of course, had been rumored to be signing with the Leafs for months now but it was believed that his former team, the New York Islanders, as well as the San Jose Sharks had the inside track on inking him long-term. The Leafs, Tavares’ hometown team, have been in the mix all along, but with high priced extensions for players like William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner on the horizon, it was believed that the Leafs were a “secondary” contender in the Tavares sweepstakes. The Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars were also reportedly in the mix to land Tavares. In the end, however the pull of playing for his hometown proved too strong for Tavares to deny.
Fresh off the Tavares signing, Dubas went back to work inking veteran forward Josh Jooris and Adam Cracknell and defensemen Martin Marincin and Jordan Subban.
The Maple Leafs have signed forwards Adam Cracknell and Josh Jooris as well as defencemen Martin Marincin and Jordan Subban.
Jooris and Cracknell signed identical one year deals worth $650,000 each, while Marincin gets $800,000 on a one year deal and Subban gets $650,000 on a one year, two-way deal.
Cracknell and Jooris have signed one-year contracts worth $650,000.
Marincin has signed a one-year contract worth $800,000.
Subban has signed a one-year, two-way contract that carries an NHL salary worth $650,000.
The Leafs also waved goodbye to UFA forwards James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov today, but the Tavares signing should no doubt help soften the blow for Leafs fans. Van Riemsdyk signed a monster contract with the Philadelphia Flyers that pays him an annual average salary of $7 million per season, while Bozak inked a three year, $15 million deal with the St. Louis Blues and Komarov signed a three year, $12 million deal with the New York Islanders.. Regardless, with Tavares, Matthews and Nazem Kadri down the middle now, the Leafs now boast perhaps the very best center ice position in the entire NHL.