Leafs, Matthews reach five-year, $58.17 million extension

Leafs, Matthews reach five-year, $58.17 million extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed star centre Auston Matthews to a five-year contract extension worth $11.634 million annually, the team announced on Tuesday.

Ninety-three percent of the money in Matthews' contract will be paid out in signing bonuses, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Matthews' five-year deal, which kicks in next season, has an AAV of US$11.634-million, for a total value of US$58.17-million.

Matthews has recorded 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 38 games this season.

The Maple Leafs will hold news conference today at 4pm et to discuss Auston Matthews' new contract extension.

The contract makes Matthews the highest-paid player on the Maple Leafs (not to mention the NHL's second-highest paid player) - and few would argue that he doesn't deserve to be.

Matthews was eligible to sign an eight-year extension, however that would have complicated the team's long-term salary cap outlook. Marner's representatives have said they don't intend to negotiate a new contract during the season.

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Marner, 21, leads the Leafs in scoring this season with 63 points (20 goals and 43 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.

In addition to Marner, Toronto has some more loose ends.

While Matthews has missed time in each of the last two years with injuries - 20 games lost in 2017-18 and 14 games gone so far this season - Marner has sat out only five games his whole career, all as a rookie.

This news is a sigh of relief for the Maple Leafs fan base after it spent months collectively stressing over William Nylander's contract holdout that ended on December 1.

Dubas also has to sign pending restricted free agents Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen, who is having a good season and is due for a big raise.

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