John Tavares played nine seasons with the New York Islanders, the first nine seasons of his career. In that span, he was their star player, the one spot of hope on a team that was floundering in mediocrity. They played in the playoffs three times with Tavares, never making it out of the second round. Tavares then went to the Maple Leafs in free agency, near his hometown of Mississagua, and he now plays on the No. 3 team in the Atlantic while the Islanders are winning the Metropolitan.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has signed one of the most lucrative second contracts in the salary cap era, agreeing to a five-year, $58.17 million extension with the Leafs through the 2023-24 season. Matthews, 21, would have been a restricted free agent this summer. The average annual value of the contract is $11.634 million. That's second in the league behind Connor McDavid's $12.5 million. Matthews' teammate John Tavares is now third at $11 million.
Over the past two weeks, much has been made about the Toronto Maple Leafs and their historical Game Seven collapse in 2013. Believe me, I’m as ready to dispel that narrative as you are. In the years since that followed, have you ever sat down and rewatched any footage from that fateful night? Or even given the roster the ol’ once-over? Judging from how open of a wound that game still is for most people, I’d guess not. Well, last night I took the plunge, crushing the entire 40-minute recap Sportsnet thrust upon us in one sitting. Boy, was it something. Frankly, the experience was cathartic, akin to checking in on the Facebook page of an ex you’re completely over.
The Maple Leafs’ 2016-17 season is done after 88 games, marked by an unexpected playoff appearance, a boatload of rookie scoring records and tangible results to show they can challenge for a Stanley Cup in the near future.
The Washington Capitals fought back from a two-goal disadvantage to subdue a determined group of Leafs with a 3-2 overtime win in the first game of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Thursday night. Elsewhere, the Nashville Predators rode a shutout performance from goaltender Pekka Rinne to an opening-game victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Calgary Flames fell to the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.
NHL rumors - The Maple Leafs are one team that might be interested in Edmonton Oilers defeseman Mark Fayne. Blues not satisfied with Vladimir Tarasenko?
Players realistic heading into rebuilding year with opener against Canadiens on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.