John Tavares, the best free agent forward to hit the open market since Marian Hossa, has made his decision. And it’s Toronto.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) July 1, 2018
— John Tavares (@91Tavares) July 1, 2018
Tavares had talked to San Jose, Dallas and Vegas in the Western Conference but has accepted a seven-year deal with the Maple Leafs.
With the Blackhawks signing defensemen Brandon Manning and Adam Boqvist on Sunday, Chicago is in a strong position to take advantage of what figures to be an active trade market when the dust settles from free agency. Artem Anisimov would figure to be a candidate to be moved to a team looking to add center depth; St. Louis reportedly signed Tyler Bozak to a three-year deal with a $5M cap hit.