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Maple Leafs agree to contract extension with Auston Matthews, report says

The Maple Leafs are about to lock up Auston Matthews.

Toronto is discussing a contract extension with the 2016 No. 1 pick and a conclusion is “imminent,” according to a report from TSN.

Situation today is no different than what we reported on @LeafsLunch1050 yesterday — Auston Matthews’ contract extension with TOR appears imminent. Today, tomorrow, whatever, it’s getting done. Projection is 5 years with an AAV of $11.5M, give or take 100K or 200K.

The extension is expected to be for five years with an average annual value in the $11.5 million range. This deal would be slightly less than what Connor McDavid signed for with the Oilers in July 2017 as the 2016-17 Hart Trophy winner earns about $12.5 million annually.

Matthews is in the middle of a career year with the Maple Leafs as he has 23 goals and 23 assists in 38 games. His 1.21 points per game is the best he has posted since debuting with Toronto in 2016.

He may not exceed the 40 goals he scored in 2016 because he missed almost all of November with a shoulder injury.

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If Matthews is to be extended, he will join fellow Toronto youngster William Nylander who was also signed by the Maple Leafs long term in December.

His deal is for six years and worth about $6.9 million annually.

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