Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Maple Leafs, Matthews agree to 5-year extension with $11.6M AAV

Maple Leafs, Matthews agree to 5-year extension with $11.6M AAV

Auston Matthews is locked in.

Rumors of the impending deal were first reported by Pierre LeBrun. A first-round pick in 2016, Matthews will be 27 when this extension expires. He will make just $750,000 in salary each of the five years while getting bonuses of $15.2 million, $15.2 million, 9.7 million, 7.2 million and $7.2 million.

With William Nylander having signed a new six-year deal in December worth $10.2 million this season and $6.9 million the following seasons, that leaves stylish winger Mitch Marner on Leafs GM Kyle Dubas' to-do list. Currently, Matthews' teammate John Tavares has that honor.

Addressing reports on Saturday that Moldaver was coming to Toronto this week to perhaps finalize his new deal, Matthews acknowledged the Leafs' circumstance, telling reporters, "It's no secret there's a cap, so [we'll] try to find something that works for both sides".

The Leafs will address the signing with a press conference at 4 pm.

The Maple Leafs wrapped up an important piece of the team's future on Tuesday announcing a five-year, $58.17 million contract extension through 2023-24 for pending restricted free agent Auston Matthews.

The average annual value of the contract for the three-time NHL All-Star is $11.634 million.

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Matthews is fourth in scoring on the team with 46 points (23 goals and 23 assists).

Over 182 NHL games to date, the 21-year-old has amassed 97 goals and 178 points, while establishing himself as one of the league's most dominant centres.

Matthews was named the NHL's Rookie of the Year and named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team for 2016-2017.

He may not exceed the 40 goals he scored in 2016 because he missed nearly all of November with a shoulder injury.

Matthews has only played 38 of Toronto's 52 games due to injury, however. He has also represented the United States at two World Junior Championships (2015, 2016), capturing a bronze in 2016, two World U-18 Championships (2014, 2015), capturing gold at both, and the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. His 1.21 points per game is the best he has posted since debuting with Toronto in 2016.

It may not be an ideal contract for the Leafs, but it's unlikely Toronto's management ever regrets it - Matthews is that good already and appears headed for even more impressive heights in the years to come.

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