It’s been an offseason to remember for Toronto Maple Leafs fans. Of course, the team nabbed superstar free agent John Tavares with a historic seven year, $77 million contract on the opening day of free agency. But, they also bid farewell to veteran general manager Lou Lamoriello and replaced him with rookie GM Kyle Dubas. In addition to Tavares’ acquisition, the Leafs also signed free agents Josh Jooris, Jordan Subban, Adam Cracknell and Tyler Ennis. Dubas elected to let James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov walk away in free agency… oh and he hired the greatest female hockey player in history just last week. It’s been a pretty eventful offseason for the Leafs… to say the least.
There’s just one little itty bitty bit of business to take care of… new contracts for the teams’ trio of young stars: William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Nylander, in particular, needs a new deal before he can take the ice as his three year, entry level deal expired on June 30th. Matthews and Marner each have a year left on their deals, but Leafs fans would surely love to see the pair locked up long-term in short order. Especially the team’s brightest young star Matthews.
So, what does Matthews himself think of all this? Is he getting as antsy as Leafs fans are? Not even close. Check out Matthews’ recent comments regarding his contract status courtesy of Leafs insider Mark Masters of TSN:
Auston Matthews says talks are continuing re: new contract, but he’s in “no rush” to sign an extension:
“Honestly, I don’t mind … whether I sign before the season, during, after, I leave that up to the management staff, my agent …”
How’s that make you feel, Leafs fans? Your superstar in the making, the player who many people feel will be the team’s next captain is in “no rush” to sign a new contract. That’s got to make you shake in your boots, at least a little bit.
At the very least, Matthews seems intent on signing with the Leafs long-term, it’s just a matter of time. As he says, whether he signs sooner or later, he still expects to be part of the Leafs organization for a long time. Now, about that Nylander contract…
Source: Mark Masters
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