TSN Analyst Reveals when Matthews Contract will get done

Tom Banks
August 17, 2023  (7:59 PM)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have pressure on their shoulders like never before after last years round one playoff win, and after some solid pickups this summer, they will now turn their attention to locking in two key stars for the future.

Auston Matthews


The biggest of those stars is top line center Auston Matthews, who has been the biggest star on this team for quite some time, and with his contract extension looming, many expect a record breaking deal.
Now, TSN analyst Frank Corrado has given us an inside look on when the deal could possibly be happening, and it's good news for Maple Leafs fans.
But whether it's done August 17th or September 1st or September 15th or the first day of the regular season,
it's all the same. Like, once it's done, it's going to be done.

You just don't want it to start creeping into the season because if you get two, three months down the road,
then you start asking questions. You're like, okay, like, what's holding this thing up?
But we're not there yet. So we shouldn't be panicking like that.

But it's right around the corner.

It also makes sense that it doesn't get done anytime soon, Corrado explains why.
Although you'd like a contract to be signed, I don't know about you. I don't see that happening tomorrow, do you?
It sounded like things were headed in the right direction.
So, I don't know, you kind of just have to take that at face value if that's what the insiders or experts are telling you.
I would also imagine, because Jimmy, it is August 17th, there's nothing happening.
There's no point in announcing anything like that right now.
Even if it is done, why not just wait until the first day of training camp to announce it?
All the reporters are going to be there. You're going to be there.
All the media that's where everyone's going to be.
You don't have to call a big press conference in the middle of the summer and disrupt everyone's downtime.
And even for the players, you know, like having all your teammates around in one spot.
You do a nice dinner after all that kind of stuff.
In Italian, in Woodbridge, we call that the Bellettes, you know what I mean?
Like all that kind of stuff. It's a nice feeling for everyone if that's the way it's going to go down.
Yeah, absolutely. It's something for everybody. It's the way I describe that.
Yeah, yeah, exactly. So, yeah, you would like to have the contracts done.

A record breaking deal?

With William Nylander also due an extension, Matthews deal will have a major impact on the future of this team, and according to Corrano, things may be wrapping up very soon, with both parties looking to get a deal done before the season begins.
With an incredible 299 goals in his 481 career NHL games played, Matthews is clearly going to be key for this team to finally make a deep Cup run, and for Leafs fans that are worried about a deal not getting done, it looks like you'll have your answer very soon.
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