Breaking: Friedman Reveals Matthews' Projected Extension Terms in Toronto

Published June 16, 2023 at 12:37
BY JULIEN TREKKER
     
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Maple Leafs and Matthews Working on Long-Term Deal



During the summer, the Toronto Maple Leafs are focused on a big task: making sure Auston Matthews stays with the team for a long time. A reliable insider in the NHL, Elliotte Friedman, talked about this on his podcast.

"I am convinced he is signing" - Elliotte Friedman


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It's widely believed that the new deal will keep Matthews on the team for eight years. This will help them have a strong team in the future. Both Matthews and the Leafs' management understand that it's urgent to get this done. So, we can expect Matthews to sign his contract extension soon.

Even though Matthews didn't have a great year last season due to injuries, where he scored only 40 goals and got 85 points, he is expected to bounce back in the upcoming season.

A Record-Breaking Contract?



If the deal goes through, it could become the most expensive contract in NHL history. We're talking about a huge $110 million over eight years, including a large signing bonus and an average yearly value of $13.75 million.

Matthews might follow a similar approach to Matthew Tkachuk, with a base salary of $1 million and the rest coming from signing bonuses. This makes the contract difficult to buy out and ensures the player earns a lot of money.

Here's how the yearly payments might look:

Year 1: $1 million salary / $15 million signing bonus
Year 2: $1 million salary / $15 million signing bonus
Year 3: $1 million salary / $15 million signing bonus
Year 4: $1 million salary / $13 million signing bonus
Year 5: $1 million salary / $13 million signing bonus
Year 6: $1 million salary / $13 million signing bonus
Year 7: $1 million salary / $9 million signing bonus
Year 8: $1 million salary / $9 million signing bonus

As we wait for the official announcement, we're eager to know all the details of Matthews' new contract.

As seen on Hockey Patrol - BREAKING: Friedman Confirms Term for Auston Matthews' Extension in Toronto
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