#Tavareswatch is officially over.
John Tavares has decided where he is going to play for the next seven seasons. He has reached an agreement on a contract with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs for $11 million per year. The Maple Leafs outbid the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders for the coveted center.
Tavares is one of the best unrestricted free agents the NHL has ever seen. Many thought he would re-sign with the Islanders
Tavares and Auston Matthews will be one of the most dynamic one-two center punches in the league. This move is a statement from the Maple Leafs that they plan on competing for a Stanley Cup for the foreseeable future.
Didn't take long for this New York Islanders fan to burn his knockoff John Tavares jersey. pic.twitter.com/ISb0YObMGZ— Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) July 1, 2018
The Islanders have nobody to blame but themselves. They have had nine years to put a winning team around Tavares and have failed. Tavares owes them nothing because they have done nothing for him besides picking him first overall.
The Maple Leafs immediately become the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Up front no teams can match up with them. The Islanders are now forced into a rebuild and will be a staple in the basement of the league for years to come. Oh, how one player can change a franchise.