BREAKING: The Future of Auston Matthews as a Maple Leaf Revealed

Published June 15, 2023 at 6:58 PM
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Auston Matthews' Future with the Maple Leafs

Reports from insiders have given us a hint about Auston Matthews' future with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The speculation surrounds the signing of an extension, although the number of years Matthews is willing to devote to the team as an unrestricted free agent remains uncertain.

A Meeting in Arizona

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Chris Johnston from Sportsnet reveals that the General Manager of the Maple Leafs, Brad Treliving, traveled to Arizona earlier this week.

The purpose of this meeting was less about financial terms but more oriented towards Treliving presenting his vision for the team moving forward. According to Johnston, it is highly likely that an extension for Matthews with the Leafs is in the offing.

What's the Value of Matthews' Commitment?

The crux of the matter lies in Matthews' valuation and his readiness to sign a long-term contract.

Analysts expect that the signing of an extension could propel Matthews to the top of the league's pay scale, possibly earning within a range of $13 million to $15 million. For reference, Nathan MacKinnon currently earns $12.6 million per season, while Connor McDavid makes $12.5 million.

Contract Length Uncertainty

Whether Matthews would agree to a maximum eight-year contract term remains doubtful. Most believe a three to five-year deal to be more likely.

With one year left on his current contract, which includes an $11.64 million cap hit, Matthews still has time to decide. However, Treliving is keen on securing a comprehensive extension and quick.

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