Friedman: Leafs, Matthews camp working on extension

While the William Nylander contract stalemate continues, it sounds like the Leafs are quietly working toward locking up Auston Matthews to an extension.

Elliotte Friedman provided his latest intel during a Wednesday evening NHL Network appearance.

“I think they’re trying to keep them quiet, but I do think they’re really trying,” noted Friedman. “I think there have been some - I don’t know if I would say serious, or - I think there are some legitimate attempts on both sides to try to get something done.

“I do think Toronto is considering something in the five-year range for Matthews - that would buy one year of unrestricted free agency. I have to tell you guys, if I was in charge I’d be trying to get eight; but that number might be over 12 and I’m not sure Toronto thinks it wants to do all of that yet, so five would probably be a little bit less, which gives them some more cap room. Whatever the case, I do think both sides are seriously talking.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about offer sheets - it’s my personal opinion it’s never going to get there, that they’re going to find a way to get this done - both sides - before that.

“I just think the bigger question is going to be term - is it going to be five years or eight years.”

Matthews is in the final season of his entry-level contract and has been eligible to sign an extension since July.


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