Twitter Reaction: John Tavares signs with the Toronto Maple Leafs

Hockey Central has breaking news that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed John Tavares.

The John Tavares sweepstakes are over: The Toronto Maple Leafs have landed the free agent centre with a seven-year deal with an average annual value of $11 million.

The first overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, Tavares has 272 goals and 621 points in 669 career NHL games and coming off a 2017-18 season in which he scored 37 goals and 84 points.

It was a happy Canada Day indeed for fans of the Maple Leafs, who finally saw one of their native sons come home in the prime of his NHL career.

Here is how the news unfolded and the reaction that came from Leafs Nation:

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