It’s done. It’s finally done.
They could and they did.
The Leafs finished off signing ‘The Big Three’ on Friday. It’s been a long, uncertain year, but in the last 12 months, the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to extend William Nylander, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner to deals that will secure the trio for at least the next five seasons.
At a combined cost of $29,489,366, the Leafs are assuredly banking on their first-round picks from 2014, 2015, and 2016 to produce a ton of offence.
The Come Up
Briefly, let’s rewind to June 24, 2016.
The day the Leafs draft Auston Matthews signalled the end of a decade-long era of pain where the Leafs appeared in the playoffs just once. ‘The Big Three’ took very little time demonstrating that the page in Leaf history had been turned in their first game, combining for six points.
A new logo, jersey, and team triumphantly clinched a playoff spot that season in an unforgettable game against the Penguins. After a thrilling series against Washington, the Leafs entered the offseason with a taste of the playoffs. They must have liked it, because Toronto went out and signed FA Patrick Marleau to push for a longer playoff …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation