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Toronto Maple Leafs signed Auston Matthews (4 Years / $13,250,000 AAV)

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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:32 p.m.
#51
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The "get me out of here" contract has been signed


lol..
Or just don't sign.
What a sad narrative you're trying to push
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:32 p.m.
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He carried the leafs in game 4 vs TBL


That's one game. How often has he been the best player on the ice during the playoffs?
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:32 p.m.
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Not better than McDavid.

Bad deal.
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:33 p.m.
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4 years sucks but locked him up so good for the leafs!
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:33 p.m.
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im salty about the term but i cant complain too much, he's staying
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:33 p.m.
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The money is actually reasonable, imo. The big wtf is the term. If you asked me, it makes no sense for the player or the team. They don't lock him up for term, and while he gets another shot at a massive 7 or 8 year deal at 30, that always carries risk of an injury derailing his career. Weird deal.
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:35 p.m.
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LETS GOOOOOOOOO
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:35 p.m.
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Haven't read the comment section yet, but I'm sure it's totally calm and not chaotic at all.
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:35 p.m.
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Quoting: Leafsfan98
WDYM? He could have signed for up to 15... It's a discount


I mean Mackinnon took 12.6 and hes better 😭
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:36 p.m.
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AAV's more than fair. 8 years would've been in the best interest of the Leafs but I kind of expected shorter. He's sticking around in Toronto at a reasonable price, that's what matters for the Leafs.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:38 p.m.
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Quoting: A_Habs_fan
No, the term is clearly bad, 4 years is such an awkward term to give someone like Matthews

Eh I think ppl make too much of a deal about it tbh, he’s locked up 4 years that’s what matters rn
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:40 p.m.
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Finally no more Matthews in MTL or ARI ACGMs anymore
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:40 p.m.
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Edited Aug. 23, 2023 at 9:09 p.m.
Good job Toronto, but don't give him the next contract (this one will end at 30 y/o fine deal)
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:42 p.m.
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Quoting: EsoYeezus69
Treliving: how much money do you want Auston?

Matthews:

cover10.jpg

Edit: ironically the guy in this meme actually looks like Matthews lol


Matthews doesn't have that much hair.
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:42 p.m.
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Let’s face it we all knew there was a 99.9% Matthews wasn’t leaving

My only question is why couldn’t they make it any longer? Did he want to hit free agency again sooner so he can get even more money later when he’s still elite?
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:42 p.m.
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Quoting: mondo
Most star players sign for 8 years


But remember there are exceptions

2 of the greatest SJS players never signed 8 year deals

Look at every contract Thorton and Marleau signed after their ELC's

Where the 8 year deals

People are to used to the 8 year deals but since even before Matthews signed this one or the previous one every report that came was he does not like 8 year deals

Either way as long as he is a leaf who cares. This is how you both try to win and maximize your earnings.
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:43 p.m.
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Quoting: aadoyle
But remember there are exceptions

2 of the greatest SJS players never signed 8 year deals

Look at every contract Thorton and Marleau signed after their ELC's

Where the 8 year deals


damn wonder if those two guys had any influence on this leafs team
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:44 p.m.
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damn wonder if those two guys had any influence on this leafs team


I mean both played for us and Marleau was around when both Marner and Matthews needed their extensions and was like a father figure to both

He could have said you know you dont need to do 8 year deals
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:45 p.m.
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Quoting: IconicHawk
Let’s face it we all knew there was a 99.9% Matthews wasn’t leaving

My only question is why couldn’t they make it any longer? Did he want to hit free agency again sooner so he can get even more money later when he’s still elite?


Probably just to secure a deal in the future that goes into his older years
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:46 p.m.
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Quoting: justaBoss
voted yes, simply because it could be a lot worse.


Yeah, i was going to say there should be third option for "Fair" or "Okay". This isn't a good contract by any means but it needed to happen. It's the Karlsson-trade of player signings
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:48 p.m.
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Quoting: EsoYeezus69
Treliving: how much money do you want Auston?

Matthews:

cover10.jpg

Edit: ironically the guy in this meme actually looks like Matthews lol


too much hair
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:48 p.m.
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Quoting: IconicHawk
Let’s face it we all knew there was a 99.9% Matthews wasn’t leaving

My only question is why couldn’t they make it any longer? Did he want to hit free agency again sooner so he can get even more money later when he’s still elite?


Its a question as old as time

As funny enough even before he signed his 11.64m deal reports were coming out he wanted a 4-5 year deal as he did not like 8 year deals. Nothing wrong with that as look at Thorton and Marleau

Either way to me he can sign all the 4-5 year deals he wants as long as he stays

And its actually pretty smart for him as he will be 30 at the end of it and this is where I feel we will see an 8 year deal
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:53 p.m.
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Quoting: IconicHawk
Let’s face it we all knew there was a 99.9% Matthews wasn’t leaving

My only question is why couldn’t they make it any longer? Did he want to hit free agency again sooner so he can get even more money later when he’s still elite?


Matthews has been pretty adament about wanting the mid term deals to maximize his earnings, and a player as good as him gets to determine what he wants
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:56 p.m.
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Quoting: aadoyle
Its a question as old as time

As funny enough even before he signed his 11.64m deal reports were coming out he wanted a 4-5 year deal as he did not like 8 year deals. Nothing wrong with that as look at Thorton and Marleau

Either way to me he can sign all the 4-5 year deals he wants as long as he stays

And its actually pretty smart for him as he will be 30 at the end of it and this is where I feel we will see an 8 year deal


RIP to any team signing him to a massive 7-8 year deal at 30. Not everyone can age like Bergeron or Pavelski
Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:57 p.m.
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Quoting: mondo
four years hahahahaha


Quoting: A_Habs_fan
4 years lol


Quoting: HockeyManiac95
Wth? Y'all are already in cap hell and this happens? And only 4 years?


Quoting: mondo
Most star players sign for 8 years


Quoting: Rangsey
Let's say yes for cap hit no for term?


Quoting: mondo
If he stays they'll absolutely be paying for the decline. Fully expect him to get 15 x 8 when he's 29 and his wrist is busted.


Quoting: Wqrrior
Avs fans have got to be really pleased with the MacKinnon contract after seeing this. Half the term, more money for an arguably worse player.



Matthews will be 27 when this contract starts ... and 31 when his next contract starts.

Anyone criticizing the Leafs for not locking him up from 31 - 34 is legit hilarious.

John Tavares is currently 32 ... and his contract expires when he's 34.

How long has Tavares been "too old, too slow, and over payed?"

A 4 - 5 year term was always the ideal outcome for Toronto.
 
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