TORONTO — The nephew of Lacrosse’s “Gordy Howe”, John Tavares, is a Toronto Maple Leaf. Tavares the younger was a free agent by the Leafs who are in the middle of a rebuild as a team. Tavares topped the list of free agents this year and was the centre of a lot of negotiations with virtually every other team in the NHL before going where his heart was.
Tavares posted a brief message at 1:06 pm, Sunday saying, “It’s time to live my childhood dream here in Toronto.”
“My gut was just tearing apart,” he told reporters. “My heart was tearing apart trying to figure out what I wanted to do.”
JT was very popular in New York with the Islanders but wanted wear the Blue and White.
“I knew it was a little bit of the uncomfortable thing to do,” Tavares said at his introductory press conference, “but I didn’t want that to hold me back from taking a chance at a great opportunity.”
Unlike Wayne Gretzky, who wanted to end his career in Toronto before Leaf’s top brass at the time nixed that deal, which would have included a massive pay cut, Tavares was successful in fulfilling his boyhood dream.
Also signing for the Leafs were defenders Martin Marincin and Jordan Subban, younger brother of PK Subban plus forwards Adam Cracknell and Josh Jooris.
Jooris played with the Pittsburg Penguins for nine-games last season, Cracknell has been around the league, always keeping’s suitcase ready, having played in St. Louis, Columbus, Vancouver, Edmonton, Dallas, and New York Rangers. He is known as solid third liner.
Defender Martin Marincin is already known to Maple Leafs fans and has signed a one year contract worth $800,00. After playing the 15/16 & 16/17 seasons with the Leafs, he spent all of 17/18 with the Toronto Marlies, capping off the year with a Calder Cup championship.