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Afternoon Line- Rick Tocchet

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Auston Matthews With Goal #100 In Toronto’s Win Over The Vegas Golden Knights

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

In the midst of a 10-day stretch most mortals could only dream of, Auston Matthews says he feels fortunate.

It is not by chance that he’s already cleared 100 goals as an NHL player, not with his size and smarts and a deceptive release that keeps goalies guessing. Matthews scored twice in Thursday’s back-and-forth 6-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, reaching triple digits faster than any other member of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the modern era.

They have been a memorable 187 games in blue and white for Matthews, who potted four goals in his NHL debut and has been filling the net ever since.

“He’s one of the best players in the world,” said teammate Morgan Rielly. “He’s my favourite player right now, the way he can shoot the puck. You want to say you’re proud of him, but it’s just what you expect.”

His description of the milestone goal offers a window into his unique mind. It came on a power play with Matthews stationed in his familiar spot in the left circle — a spot where Marc-Andre Fleury had denied him earlier in the evening.

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The Auston Matthews Deal

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Matthews deal, and the one for Marner to follow, will have some impact around the league, particularly in that “second contract” market — kids who are transitioning out of the their entry level deals. That market began shifting dramatically in recent years, as Bruins fans witnessed in September 2017 when David Pastrnak shook $40 million/six years out of the Jacobs family room couch with his second deal.

Outside the Toronto market, the Matthews deal won’t have 21- and 22-year-olds raising their hands for $11 million, but that ceiling, however temporary, will have a way of justifying and lifting the floor. Which is to say Pastrnak’s $6.666 million payout, and Nylander’s at $6.92 million, will become the baseline in negotiations for truly gifted kids. All of a sudden $8 million a year looks like a comfortable fit for a GM with a hot shot on the rise. In Calgary, Johnny Gaudreau’s $6.75 million cap hit through 2021-22 is looking like a steal for the Flames.

Had Matthews hit the market as a restricted free agent, any of the league’s other 30 teams, including the Coyotes, could have offered him a max deal (seven years at just under $16 million a year). Viewed through that lens, the Leafs escaped with a comfortable savings.

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Video- The Toronto Maple Leafs Salute Bob Cole

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Morning Line- Darren Dreger And Pierre LeBrun

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Auston Matthews Signs A Five-Year Contract Extension

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Auston Matthews on a five-year contract extension. The average annual value of the contract is $11.634 million.

Matthews, 21, has appeared in 38 games for the Maple Leafs this season and registered 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points. He skated in 62 regular season games for the Maple Leafs in 2017-18 and registered 63 points (34 goals, 29 assists), while adding a goal and an assist in seven Stanley Cup playoff games. In 182 career NHL regular season games, he has recorded 178 points (97 goals, 81 assists), while registering seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 13 career Stanley Cup playoff games. In 2016-17, Matthews captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year and was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team after establishing Maple Leaf rookie records for goals (40) and points (69) in a season, which led all NHL rookies in both categories. In his NHL debut on October 12, 2016 at Ottawa, he set a new NHL record for goals scored in an NHL debut with four. The Scottsdale, Arizona native has also represented Toronto at the NHL All-Star Game in three consecutive seasons (2016, 2017, 2018).

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Contract Talks Progressing For Auston Matthews

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

Toronto’s coming salary-cap crunch has always figured to be difficult to navigate. In the hard-ceilinged world of the NHL, every contender eventually finds itself in the same kind of overcrowded boat, and it’s never long before perfectly good players are being thrown over the side as a matter of simple survival. So if pending restricted free agents Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner took Nylander’s lead and decided to get militant in their approach to negotiations — well, that’d make for rough sailing aboard the S.S. Shanaplan.

The sudden talk of a shorter term is favourable for the team in one way; fewer years come with a smaller annual average salary-cap hit, which is important for a team that’s going to be up against the cap for many years to come. And if five-year deals were good enough for the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane when they were emerging from their entry-level contracts — winning their first of three Stanley Cups under the terms of rookie-scale deals in 2010 — surely they’ll work for Matthews.

Still, let’s not kid ourselves, in an ideal world the Leafs would clearly prefer an eight-year pact. Having Matthews under contract until he’s 29 would lock him up for his prime.

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The Great 8 In Toronto?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

When he suits up Friday for the first time as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jake Muzzin will wear No. 8.

He used to wear No. 6 for the Kings, a number long retired in Toronto (Ace Bailey) and now one of 13 Leaf numbers out of circulation.

Muzzin will be the 52nd player to wear No. 8 for Toronto (though some, like Bailey and Tie Domi just wore it passing through to other numbers).

But Muzzin has a chance to be the greatest player to wear No. 8 in Leaf history. This is not to put pressure on him. It is to say that as far as numbers go, eight has a pretty low bar.

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Jake Muzzin Is A Good Fit For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Kyle Dubas laid out his plan publicly (defencemen term over rentals), and then followed through, connecting with a hard first swing, with four weeks for another crack before the trading deadline.

We won’t know for certain if the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie general manager’s first major trade since assuming the helm from Lou Lamoriello is a home run until the ball falls, but one couldn’t blame the 33-year-old if he did a bat flip after flossing in his executive suite Monday night.

By swiping Jake Muzzin — arguably 2018-19’s most consistent player from its worst Western Conference team — Dubas not only obtained the best player in the deal but the type of difference-maker that should narrow the gap between the Maple Leafs and their blueprint, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Muzzin is accustomed to logging heavy shutdown minutes against the top lines in hockey, he can kill penalties (an element coach Mike Babcock has been thirsting for), he’s comfortable chipping in on the power-play (and has three 40-point seasons on his resume), and he’s a zone-exit monster.

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LA Kings Send Jake Muzzin To The Toronto Maple Leafs

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings today acquired a first-round draft selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, forward Carl Grundstrom and the reserve rights to defenseman Sean Durzi from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Jake Muzzin.  The announcement was made by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

“We feel this trade was necessary for the future of the organization,” said Blake.  “Moving Jake was not easy as he has been a key player for us and a significant part of our most historic and memorable achievements.  We are grateful for his contributions to the Kings and we wish him the best of luck in the future.”

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