Leafs re-sign Auston Matthews to five-year contract

Auston Matthews has agreed to a five-year deal with the Maple Leafs. More

Realistically speaking, Tkachuk isn't going to be in line for a five-year, $58.17-million contract that Matthews signed with the Leafs, but most experts predict he'll get somewhere in the $7-million to $8-million range, making him the highest-paid player on the Flames roster.

The average annual value of the contract is $11.634 million.

Matthews, 21, would have been a restricted free agent this summer.

The former first overall draft pick is in his third season with the Leafs.

The Leafs hadn't reached the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns since 2003 and 2004 and haven't won a playoff series since 2004, losing in the first round to Boston previous year and Washington in 2017. That season, he set Toronto rookie records for goals (40) and points (69).

When Marner signed his entry-level contract, his camp was told it was team policy not to hand out schedule B bonuses to players, according to Ferris. In 2016-17, Matthews captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year and was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team after establishing Maple Leaf rookie records for goals (40) and points (69) in a season, which led all National Hockey League rookies in both categories. In 182 regular-season games, Matthews has 178 points (97 goals and 81 assists). They're trying to make a Stanley Cup push this season, but the extensions of Nylander and Matthews to join Tavares long-term have their window wide open for a long time.

And as coach Mike Babcock noted, it could be the last one 86-year-old Bob Cole calls at Toronto's home rink.

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"It's something that's in the back of your mind". I'm not too anxious about it. "Then we just got careless and we never really seemed to be able to get it back".

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.

Mitch Marner is an extraordinary talent and although the offer sheet is unlikely because as the saying goes, it takes two to tango, it's an interesting proposition that Jarmo Kekalainen should consider on July 1st if Marner still isn't under contract. "Mitch already did them a favor on the entry-level deal".

"You had (Connor) McDavid a couple years ago setting the bar there, maybe a guy like (Drew) Doughty setting the bar for free-agent (defencemen), a guy like (Jack) Eichel, too, signing, and now you have Matthews". Nylander is locked up until 2024 at a cap hit slightly north of $6.9 million per season.

Marner insisted he was "focusing on the season as much as possible" and that he's instructed GM Kyle Dubas and his player rep team not to distract him unless a deal is close.

Morgan Rielly scored the victor midway through the third period of a back-and-forth game as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Wednesday night. And it forced Marner to hold court on a game day for a lengthy series of questions about his contractual future.

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