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NHL Rumors: Auston Matthews on his subsequent contract and taking part in with the Toronto Maple Leafs

Sportsnet: When requested by Pierre LeBrun how a lot he feels crew success within the playoffs could be an element or not subsequent summer season because the Toronto Maple Leafs are in a position to signal him to a contract subsequent offseason, if issues are tied collectively in his thoughts, Auston Matthews responds:

** transcription

“Ya, so, I figured, I admire the query, I’d wish to be clear in regards to the contract stuff, I’m going to the touch on it immediately and I feel that’s it. I perceive why I’m being requested however on the similar time, I’m targeted on this season. I’m targeted clearly on profitable, and persevering with to enhance and assist push this crew over the sting.

So far as that goes, I’m simply targeted on this season and what’s to return and the long run I see (??). When that point comes, we’ll take care of it, however I feel I’ve been fairly clear. I’ve liked my time right here. I actually love taking part in within the metropolis of Toronto. I feel, I think about it dwelling now. I’ve actually loved my time. My teammates have been unimaginable 12 months after 12 months. It’s good to have the assist town brings. Clearly, we’re all working to deliver that one final objective.

So, I admire the query however I’m not going to be entertaining this query all 12 months. I perceive why you guys need to speak about it however on the similar time, there’s nothing that may be executed. I’m underneath contract for 2 extra years. I can’t lengthen for an additional 10 months. I’ll simply sort of go away it at that however I admire the query.”

Sportsnet: ** transcribing two Auston Matthews segments – on taking part in in Toronto and never specializing in his subsequent contract.

“Simply town, the way in which town sort of embraced the gamers, embraced myself, my household. I’ve simply sort of grown snug in my very own pores and skin right here and it’s not simple to try this at occasions however I simply suppose it’s such a particular place to play.

Simply the blokes I’ve been in a position to play with, that I’m nonetheless taking part in with immediately, from my first 12 months within the league until now. I feel you simply construct these relationships with individuals within the group and your teammates.

And like I mentioned, it’s only a particular place to play. Clearly, quite a lot of historical past right here and it’s an enormous honor to exit each night time and put on the Maple Leaf on my chest.

So, it’s undoubtedly one thing I don’t take as a right and I actually admire, however like I mentioned. It’s felt like dwelling for some time and it’s simply an superior place to play and I’ve actually loved my time.

Chris Johnston asks Matthews about Nathan MacKinnon’s large contract extension and the way a lot it impacts him as he’ll be a UFA in two years.

“I imply I’m unsure. I’m actually joyful for Nate. I’ve been fortunate sufficient to play with him, get to know him, and he’s clearly a reasonably unimaginable participant.

So I feel that contracts a lot deserved and so far as my scenario, I’m not likely too targeted on that, it’s nonetheless a pair years away.”





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