Auston Matthews Re-Signs With Leafs On Massive Extension

Toronto Maple Leaf fans can let out a huge sigh of relief. Superstar Auston Matthews has re-signed with the team on a massive four-year extension. 

The deal is four years at $13.25M AAV. When the new extension kicks in he is slated to take over from Nathan MacKinnon as the highest-paid player in the NHL. 

Matthews himself leaked the news with his Twitter post moments before the Leafs dropped the announcement. 

"I feel fortunate to continue this journey as a Maple Leaf in front of the best fans in hockey! I will do everything I can to help get us to the top of the mountain. GLG!" 

As noted by NHL Insider Frank Seravalli, the Leafs pushed for more term, but Matthews and his camp did not want to go any longer than four years. Matthews will now be entering unrestricted free agency after his age-30 season, with $114M in earnings already under his belt. 

The Leafs marquee player has five 40-goal seasons in his seven-year career, including a franchise-record 60 markers in his Hart Trophy-winning 2021-22 season. Last year, he netted another 40 goals, along with 45 assists for 85 points in 74 games. 

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