Auston Matthews wants to stay a Maple Leaf, so what should his next deal look like?

Good news! Auston says he wants to be back and stay in Toronto. Better news! He wants to get a deal done this summer.
All of that could be necessary platitudes that were given in order to start his summer instead of a shitstorm, but nothing about Auston Matthews to date should make us feel like he wouldn’t have offered this up if he didn’t truly mean it and that’s encouraging for the Maple Leafs.
So Auston wants to be back. And it’s a given that the Maple Leafs organization will want Auston back, it’s just going to be a matter of figuring out the term and the price. That’s the sticking part and with it being pretty much a lock that Auston will have the highest salary in the NHL when all is said and done, it’s just a matter of sorting out the details.
When it comes to term, Matthews was a bit of a renegade on his last deal. He didn’t want to be maxed out, he wanted his salary revisited the second he hit his UFA status. That seems to have worked for him as he now has a Hart Trophy and 60 goal season o …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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