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.