An Auston Matthews decision by July 1st is a little trickier now
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet on Auston Matthews and what Kyle Dubas not being back may mean for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
** NHLRumors.com transcription
“The third thing Ron that I think should be pointed out here is, they want to know about Auston Matthews’ future. I think it just became a lot harder to get a decision out of Auston Matthews by July 1st when his no-trade kicks in.
He’s going to want to meet the person and know the plan before he commits to anything.
Betting odds have the Blackhawks as favorites to land Auston Matthews if a contract extension can’t be worked out
Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: If Auston Matthews won’t sign a contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs, imagine him playing with Connor Bedard in Chicago.
BetOnline.ag has the Blackhawks favored at 2/1, then the Coyotes at 3/1, Rangers at 5/1, and the Kings and Golden Knights at 6/1.
Indications are the Maple Leafs won’t trade Matthews and they’ll work on an extension.
Two hypothetical trades involving William Nylander and Mitch Marner
Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet: If the Toronto Maple Leafs are to trade one of their core forwards, it would likely be one of Mitch Marner or William Nylander.
Nylander submits 10-team no-trade clause on July 1st. He has one year left at $6.96 million. Marner has his no-movement clause kick in on July 1st. He has two years left at $10.9 million.
Some hypothetical trades proposals for each.