Leafs' Marner, Matthews not interested in hearing contract talk — TRAIKOS


If Nylander doesn't sign a contract by that date, he can't play in.

"Not at all", he said.

That sort of thing is better left up to his agent. Asking him to take a pay-cut for the good of the team is unfair, even hypocritical (I believe Mr. Shanahan once signed an offer-sheet). Until then, his focus is on hockey.

Tavares agreed to his long-term contract with the Isles right after his three-year, entry-level deal ran out - which is where Nylander stands, and where Matthews and Marner will be after this season. Obviously, if it gets there and it gets finished it will be great for us. It will be awesome to sign that. "It's not for everyone, but for the ones that will play here, that's what we want from them, and I think that's what they want from each other".

In one year's time, will they be the ones who are sitting out games? Will they be stuck in contract limbo? Will they be asked to take less money for the so-called good of the team? It's not a one-off. If anything, it's a glimpse into what's to come with two players whose contract extensions could be far messier and more complicated than Nylander's has already been.

Maybe that's why both players are trying their hardest to keep it out of their minds.

"That's why we've got agents", said Matthews. "It's my agent who takes care of everything". At the same time, how much should the player have to sacrifice to make it happen? And the players know it. The Leafs won't have the capacity to see Nylander, Marner and Matthews each establish new benchmarks on their second National Hockey League deals. We are deep up front. "We just have to keep playing the way we can until he gets back". "He obviously wants to be in Toronto playing".

Tavares doesn't expect the business side of the game to become a distraction. "But I think at the end of the day things will got resolved, and I'm looking forward to hopefully having Willy here as soon as we can". It means that the team has a core that theoretically should be under club control for the foreseeable future.

But it also means that all Nylander, Matthews and Marner are going to affect the salary cap in a way that could have serious repercussions for now and in the future.

Instead, he took $77 million over seven years, with nearly all of it due to be paid in signing bonuses. A year later, they inked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to an identical seven-year contract worth $42 million.

Of those players, only Nugent-Hopkins remains with the team.

That's what makes Nylander's contract so important.

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No wonder it's taking so long to come to an agreement.

The longer Nylander holds out the more he loses in salary but considering who his father is, he shouldn't have a problem being patient. I certainly saw that from talking to a lot of the players during the interview process. Just tried to do what was comfortable for me and the team.

And don't give me this "Tavares took less" crap.

As for Marner and Matthews, there is still plenty of time to sign their next deals.

John Tavares and Mitchell Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs set up a play against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place on October 3, 2018 in Toronto.

Meanwhile, the Islanders opened their season on Thursday winning their first game since Tavares moved on.

But Mitch Marner said he and his new linemate weren't exactly on the same page against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

"Everyone wants to play for this logo, everyone wants to play for this team", Marner said. But we're not pressuring each other.

"I mean, that's kind of a private conversation so I don't think I'm really going to tell you anything", the 21-year-old from Arizona said.

"That was a pretty impressive play of him cutting back there and using his strength", said Marner.

With every passing day though, leverage shifts to Nylander. Taveres took less money only if you choose to see it in the most technical sense, so it's a bad comparison.