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

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Aug. 23, 2023 at 5:58 p.m.
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Leafs Nation is in Seventh Heaven, and they should be . . . their best player locked up for prime years at a reasonable price. A good deal for both player and team.
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:01 p.m.
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I dont hate this the term as much as at first glimpse.

Getting the, most likely best 4 years, at 13.25M is quite ok.
With the nagging wrist injury this also cuts the risk down somewhat.
When he hits ufa at 30, it mights be a whole different situation/player. Deal with it then. If toronto wont win cup in the following 5 years they wont mind letting him go at that point....
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:01 p.m.
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Highest paid player in the league when this kicks in. Probably still going to be in the top 5 when this expires. Plays 0 minutes on the penalty kill. Probably means Marner gets traded now. Then let's see how well dude scores. Oh well, I'll follow Marner. Plus 4 years is a joke...just gives him a chance to cash in again...0 thought to trying to work within a cap system in an effort to win.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:02 p.m.
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The year is 2028 and the Coyotes have finally moved into the Comb Over in Mesa. Bettman holds a Matthews Kachina jersey and announces his retirement. His job is done.

Not a bad deal. 5 more years with the extension. He just wants flexibility if TO falls apart.
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:03 p.m.
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Quoting: OldNYIfan
Leafs Nation is in Seventh Heaven, and they should be . . . their best player locked up for prime years at a reasonable price. A good deal for both player and team.


Thank you for a reasonable take
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:03 p.m.
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Quoting: Prime_Jimbo
The year is 2028 and the Coyotes have finally moved into the Comb Over in Mesa. Bettman holds a Matthews Kachina jersey and announces his retirement. His job is done.

Not a bad deal. 5 more years with the extension. He just wants flexibility if TO falls apart.


That was pretty funny ngl, I could just see the look on Gary’s face
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:04 p.m.
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Quoting: A_Habs_fan
Does McDavid not exist in your fantasy?


of course not lol he doesn't play for the Leafs.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:05 p.m.
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6 years, even a little higher in AAV, would have been better.
The real L will come on his next contract now.
That's when he'll get $15M x 8 with the back-end dog years.

(At least he won't be worn down prematurely with long playoff runs though! XD)
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:07 p.m.
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Quoting: canucks_Fan_53
of course not lol he doesn't play for the Leafs.


Connor McDavid who? I only know Connor Brown
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:07 p.m.
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I don’t mind the term at all, but god that is a lot of money for a guy that went ghost in the playoffs (especially against the Panthers).
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:08 p.m.
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Maybe if Tronta' ever won something... but i'dont look good. lol.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:14 p.m.
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Quoting: drewjenkins
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.


I understand this. I just think it's kinda crazy
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:14 p.m.
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Quoting: AStovetop
RIP to any team signing him to a massive 7-8 year deal at 30. Not everyone can age like Bergeron or Pavelski


Matthews playstyle should make it fine even at 30

He does not play with a lot of physicality nor aggression. By the time we potentially see regression will be the final 2 years of his deal that is if any occurs

An 8 year deal at 30 for him will honestly be fine.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:16 p.m.
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I mean Mackinnon took 12.6 and hes better 😭


Disagree but ok
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:21 p.m.
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I love it. Keep capitalizing on a rising cap, and keep your options open. Still in a position to get a top-of-the-market deal when it expires.

Good move, AM.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:25 p.m.
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Quoting: Ritzy
I'm guessing there will be a lot of "no's" with this.

Guy is staying, all that matters. Not my money that's being spent.


Not your money, but your time and emotional capital spent.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:27 p.m.
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Quoting: Random2152
Perfect.
Decent term - Great AAV.

Leafs haters in shambles.
Voting no is just outing yourselves

Just gonna edit this in so people can understand why this is a great deal.
4 years ago when we were working on the last AM contract, they were talking about 8 years at 13.8 avv (same % as McDavid). Evidence
Instead we went with the 511.634 that turned into 11.640,250, and now another 4 at 13.25.
That averages out to 9 years at 12.35aav instead of the 8 years at 13.8aav.
THIS IS A HUGE WIN


Add his ELC and it's 9,5M for 12 years !!!
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:27 p.m.
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Quoting: Claesson4Norris
The "get me out of here" contract has been signed


Signing until he turns 31 for four years is get me out of here? He could have just not signed...
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:42 p.m.
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Quoting: LaffsFan
I mean Mackinnon took 12.6 and hes better 😭


He also won a Cup before that deal. That helps with a bit of a hometown discount.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:49 p.m.
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Quoting: SevenLeg
Add his ELC and it's 9,5M for 12 years !!!


Elc doesn't matter for this stuff
Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:50 p.m.
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once again leafs players show they are selfish. is he worth this much, sure, especially when it will expire before he ages out of his prime.
but the culture there is so self-centered with all these big contracts, no wonder they cant manage to keep guys like bunting and kerfoot, no room for any depth
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:56 p.m.
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Quoting: HockeyManiac95
Wth? Y'all are already in cap hell and this happens?

And only 4 years?


It doesnt kick in till next season when cap goes up 4-4.5m lul

So this does nothing to their cap situation
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Aug. 23, 2023 at 6:56 p.m.
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Quoting: svensk_forskare
once again leafs players show they are selfish. is he worth this much, sure, especially when it will ex

Bringing in these two fukc nuts when the core was young didn't help.

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At the end of the day if TOR can't win anything by the time AM is 31, it's time to move on anyways.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
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Quoting: Random2152
Perfect.
Decent term - Great AAV.

Leafs haters in shambles.
Voting no is just outing yourselves

Just gonna edit this in so people can understand why this is a great deal.
4 years ago when we were working on the last AM contract, they were talking about 8 years at 13.8 avv (same % as McDavid). Evidence
Instead we went with the 511.634 that turned into 11.640,250, and now another 4 at 13.25.
That averages out to 9 years at 12.35aav instead of the 8 years at 13.8aav.
THIS IS A HUGE WIN


lets be real though, the numbers are only in your favor because covid and the flat cap happened. it.turned out well for the leafs. im not saying this is a bad contract thougt, he like what he signed for.
Aug. 23, 2023 at 7:10 p.m.
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Leafs going to Leafs
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Quoting: CameronSquires
He carried the leafs in game 4 vs TBL


And G3 and G5 and G6
 
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