He exceeds (by far) Nathan MacKinnon’s average annual salary → https://t.co/hwXrq5B6co
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 23, 2023
It was an expensive deal, but it means he’ll be in town for the next five seasons.
Clearly, Brad Treliving couldn’t afford to risk losing him for nothing a year from now. At $13.25M per year for four years, that’s a huge amount of money, but the Leafs needed to keep their best player.
On the other hand, Matthews’ new pact (which will come into effect once the salary cap starts to rise again) is a game-changer for the league’s top players. He’s reset the market a bit, in the end, and the guys know it.
What do we think Leon Draisaitl signs for next Summer?
My guess 7x$14M
– Drew Livingstone (@ProducerDrew_) August 23, 2023
However, it’s not just Nylander who’s changing the game: Mitch Marner, like Draisaitl, will be eligible to sign a contract extension on July 1, and yesterday’s announcement can’t have fallen on deaf ears.
On the Maple Leafs’ salary scale, Marner is just behind Matthews at the top. And while the winger may be a notch below his center, he’s still one of the best players in the league too.
As Elliotte Friedman mentioned in today’s 32 Thoughts Podcast, that might make Marner want to get closer to $13 million too.
Friedman on 32TP: “What is Marner’s next number? Because he was the closest one to Matthews. When Matthews signed for 11.634 AAV all the sudden Marner became close to an $11M player, so now Matthews’ number is 13.25, what’s Marner’s number? Is it 13.249999?”
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) August 24, 2023
I’m willing to believe that the salary cap will go up eventually, but if Matthews and Marner take up about $26M of the payroll between them, the Maple Leafs are going to have to work hard to build around them.
That’s why Friedman thinks next season will tell a lot about Marner and Nylander’s future in town. Because if everyone signs for big money, it won’t be sustainable.
The Toronto Maple Leafs made Auston Matthews a priority and got a deal done.
– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 24, 2023
Brad Treliving may have settled Matthews’ case yesterday, but he clearly still has his work cut out for him. It won’t be easy for him to figure out how to handle Nylander and Marner, especially if both guys want a ton of money in turn.
At least Montreal doesn’t have that problem to deal with right now.
– Nothing less.
The Sabres will be one to watch 💪 https://t.co/YgRorLdpuS
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 24, 2023
– The Flames are confident heading into next season.
Jacob Markstrom is not worried about the Calgary Flames pic.twitter.com/mv3jLVsiux
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 24, 2023
– Listen now.
– Vilsaint & Losada, reply to y took so long to start
– Wanyama’s future
– Rea & Alvarez
– Messi ⭐️
– Herdman TFC?
– Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) August 25, 2023