- The Toronto Maple Leafs won the John Tavares sweepstakes as they signed him to a seven year contact at $11 million AAV.
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. #TMLtalk— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) July 1, 2018
- And other news about the highest profile free agent this summer:
Tavares reveals he made his decision yesterday late afternoon, then spoke to his family and agent, and then took it from there. Reiterates it came down to the Leafs and Islanders.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 1, 2018
Leafs GM Dubas said Tavares was very “detailed and direct” with them during the meeting process. He a lot of questions on how he’d be used, team direction, etc., he came in very prepared.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 1, 2018
Tavares getting very emotional talking about Long Island. “It was such a hard decision because of how special it was.”— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 1, 2018
Told that Auston Matthews is absolutely ecstatic about the Tavares news; Matthews reached out to Tavares during the process encouraging him to join the Leafs.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2018
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- Drew Doughty decided to settle in Los Angeles, signing an eight year contact with the Kings.
Doughty's 8-year, $88-million deal includes $20 million in signing bonus money. Deal goes, 12-10-11-11-11-11-11-11 year by year— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2018
- Former Hurricane Riley Nash has signed a three-year deal in Columbus.
Correction, $2.75 x 3 for Nash. https://t.co/OuFxIJ6G9o— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2018
- Vladislav Namestnikov signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.
Year 1: $3.5M base salary plus $500k bonus; Year 2: $4M salary https://t.co/PrwXTT8wyU— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2018
- Paul Stastny signed a lucrative deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Once it becomes official after 12 noon ET when it can be papered/signed, VGK deal with Paul Stastny is three years with an AAV of $6.5M.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2018
- High profile center Ryan O’Reilly was traded to the St. Louis Blues yesterday for a king’s ransom.
ROR for a 1st in 2019, 2nd in 2021, Thompson, Berglund and Sobotka. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 2, 2018
- Yes it’s official. Derek Ryan is joining Bill Peters in Alberta next season on a three-year deal worth $3.125 million AAV.
As reported, Derek Ryan is joining #Flames on 3-year deal, $3.125 million AAV. #TSN— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2018
- And he will be joined there by former Golden Knight James Neal:
It did get done, BTW.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 2, 2018
- The St. Louis Blues signed former Maple Leaf Tyler Bozak to a three-year contact worth $15 million. [Sportsnet]
- Ryan McDonagh signed a seven-year contract extension with the Lightning worth $6.75 million AAV (which puts him under contract until the age of 36).
MAC’S BACK!— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 1, 2018
We have signed Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension worth $6.75 million (AAV) per season. The extension will commence with the 2019-20 season.
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- Michael Grabner signed a deal in Arizona for three years, worth $3.35 million annually. [ESPN]
- The Flyers reunited with James Van Riemsdyk yestereday, signign him to a five-year contract worth $35 million. No one is happier than captain Claude Giroux.
Excited to have my favourite pigeon back. #timestwoplusone pic.twitter.com/buU7UcodlL— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) July 1, 2018
- After 13 years as a Hurricane, Cam Ward has signed with Chicago. [N&O]
- And here’s the tribute video the Hurricanes released following the news.
For giving us 13 seasons of professionalism on and off the ice and memories we'll never forget, thank you, Cam. pic.twitter.com/ZZlemjD4Fm— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 1, 2018
- And ICYMI, the Hurricanes signed goalie Petr Mrazek to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. [Canes Country]