And Ilya Samsonov isn’t even under contract yet → https://t.co/2U4ULarOv0
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 3, 2023
Within the next 24 months, all four of the Maple Leafs’ big stars will have expiring contracts. John Tavares and Mitch Marner will be free in two years, and next year it’ll be Auston Matthews and William Nylander.
With Max Domi, Tyler Bertuzzi, Matt Murray, TJ Brodie and John Klingberg (to name but a few) also set to be free in a year’s time, the Leafs will have their work cut out for them.
They’ll have flexibility to do it (only Morgan Rielly is signed long-term), but it’ll be a big challenge in the short term. Why is that?
Because GM Brad Treliving is keen to sign Matthews and Nylander quickly, but the club’s flexibility will be there in a year’s time, not as early as the summer of 2023, which is now.
You might think that the two cases are unrelated, since Nylander and Matthews already have an established value under the 2023-2024 mass, but if the GM destroys the club to comply with the cap, it could cool the guys’ ardor.
So these are conditions that add to Treliving’s degree of difficulty at the helm of his new club. Because no, signing the two stars for the long term isn’t simple.
Of course, having Nylander at $10 million a year would destroy the salary balance for the future. It’s understandable that the Leafs want to go to $8.5 million for now.
Because let’s not forget that Matthews is also eligible to sign a long-term contract right now since his current deal, which is multi-year, is less than a year away from expiry.
And he’s going to be asking for a lot.
The more time passes, the more we understand that the guy doesn’t want an eight-year contract, not only to avoid handcuffing himself to Toronto, but also to break the bank again.
– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) July 9, 2023
In all, that would be $70 million for a five-year contract. I don’t know if he’ll end up with that, but it would make him (by far) the player with the most money under his team’s cap.
– The standings won’t budge during the MLB All-Star break.
More than ever, America’s Eastern Division is fierce. https://t.co/KMc9Wxo4Xo
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 10, 2023
– Nolan Patrick’s name won’t be on the Stanley Cup. [RDT]
PGA-LIV merger: Randall Stephenson resigns from PGA Tourhttps://t.co/EFt7TlDt2Y
– RDS (@RDSca) July 10, 2023
– Small signature.
Noah Cates reached a new contract with Philadelphia pre-arbitration: 2x$2.625M
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 10, 2023