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Auston Matthews Proves Former Leafs GM Brian Burke Wrong


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Tyler Ball
August 28, 2023  (1:23 PM)
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After Auston Matthews recently signed an extension many fans and media personalities are looking back to see takes about Matthews leaving Toronto after his contract was up. Now fans are bringing to light specific comments from former Leafs General Manager Brian Burke about Matthews' future in Toronto.

Burke Predicts Matthews Exit

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In a radio clip from five years ago, Brian Burke predicted Auston Matthews would leave the Maple Leafs. In an interview, he said that he would bet a very sizeable amount of money that Matthews would leave. At the time Burke was just getting out of a front office role with the Calgary Flames and getting into his stint in television.

Matthews Extension

Auston Matthews signed his 4-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs at an AAV of 13,250,000. Since the signing Matthews has been on record saying that he is happy to be in Toronto and that he couldn't see himself anywhere else.

This press conference shows just how excited Matthews is to be a Leaf and try to help bring a championship to the city of Toronto.

Auston Matthews Proves Brian Burke Wrong

One Toronto Maple Leafs fan put together an edit of Brian Burke's comments about Auston Matthews along with highlights of Auston Matthews in Toronto. After Burke's comments play there is a clip of Auston Matthews talking glowingly about Toronto and how much he loves playing in the city.
While Burke won't be losing any money out of this or sleep for that matter it is fun for the fans to have fun. Leafs fans had to hear doom and gloom stories for years about Auston and their other core four members. Now they get to celebrate that their biggest star wants to stay in Toronto.
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