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Fans Demanding the Leafs Move on From Auston Matthews


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Aaron Itovitch
August 5, 2023  (8:54 PM)
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Auston Matthews' file in Toronto is certainly contentious. Fans want him to commit long-term, but he seems to not be willing.

Fans on a hockey forum are now calling on Brad Treliving and the Maple Leafs to move on from their former first overall pick.

Contentious File

A major faction of Leafs fans have united with one goal - build a team that bleeds blue and white.
One player that certainly seems to not fit the mould is Auston Matthews, who hails from Arizona, and reportedly won't sign long-term.
Matthews is the player to deal.

Never earned anything gets by on talent.

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If we decide to blow it up and restart -- be it sooner or later -- the first thing we need to do is begin building around players who absolutely love being Toronto Maple Leafs. And I'm talking legit commitment and desire to be fabrics of this organization long-term, not just love the big paydays and all the celebrity fanfare that comes with it.

As far as I'm concerned, the two players who truly love the Leafs more than the rest are Rielly and Nylander -- it's just a feeling. Matthews is an American kid who loves the huge money, short-term deals, and all the hoopla, but he'd love that anywhere, and likely more in places with less pressure. Marner is a tricky one, but I think he uses the "I'm from here" narrative to leverage the Leafs into paying him more. Same with Tavares. He wanted to come home so bad, yet he only did it for the 2nd largest cap hit in the NHL when he knew darn well what we were building and that his contract would "set the tone" for the young stars moving forward.

The next time around, I want players who bleed blue. Players who love this club, city, and history, the way Wendel, Dougie, and Mats did. Players who want to commit and spend their careers here without pulling their teeth. Players who realize how lucky they are to have the chance to represent the Toronto Maple Leafs. Players who are willing to put it all on their line for fair compensation, yet are willing to give as much as they take. It's been a one-way street for our superstars around here.

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While moving on from Matthews wouldn't be easy, some Leafs fans are all for it. What do you think?
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Fans Demanding the Leafs Move on From Auston Matthews

Should the Maple Leafs trade Auston Matthews?

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