Auston Matthews RUMORS & NEWS

  • With 10 goals in seven games, Auston Matthews reminds of the days when 70 goals was possible

    USA Today "When Wayne Gretzky set the NHL scoring record of 92 goals in a season in 1981-82, there was considerable buzz during the year about how many goals he might score. During Brett Hull’s 86-goal season in 1990-91, USA TODAY published a story about whether it was possible for a player to..." October 18

  • Leafs, Matthews’ bold approach could redefine business landscape of NHL

    Sportsnet "It was an off-hand comment made by Auston Matthews, probably not inclined to help push William Nylander into the corner. But it did. And when the Toronto Maple Leafs centre suggested he was not at all bothered by the notion of an in-season negotiation of a new contract,..." October 15

  • Leafs GM Dubas ‘still confident’ he can sign Nylander, Matthews, Marner

    Sportsnet "“We can, and we will.” The bold words spoken by Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas on Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek’s 31 Thoughts: The Podcast back in July put an end to the trade speculation involving William Nylander,..." September 26

  • Matthews, Tavares support Leafs’ decision to hold off on naming captain

    Toronto Star "It’s no big deal to either Auston Matthews or John Tavares that the Toronto Maple Leafs will not have a captain to start the season. “I don’t think it matters in the sense that it’s not going to change the way either of us go about our business, how..." September 07

  • Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner Unlikely To Sign Extensions Before Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While all eyes around the Toronto Maple Leafs right now are on William Nylander and his ongoing contract negotiations, there is also now the possibility of long-term extensions for Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Both star forwards have been eligible for an extension..." September 05

  • Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews unsure if he’ll sign new deal before season

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs star centre Auston Matthews says that while negotiations on a new contract are underway, he’s still unsure if he’ll sign a new contract anytime soon, and he’s cool with that. “I don’t know if I’ll sign a new..." August 27

  • Auston Matthews would welcome C, 'but I don’t think it really changes much'

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews was seemingly pegged for the team’s captaincy through the first two seasons of his career. Now, however, with John Tavares in the fold, the future of the ‘C’ in Toronto is unclear. While Matthews said..." August 21

  • Leafs’ smartest bet is to sign Matthews, Marner, Nylander now

    Pro Hockey Talk "Late July ranks as “the dog days of the hockey summer,” so it’s no surprise that we’ve seen the Toronto Maple Leafs’ in-house big three (Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander) provide virtually identical quotes about taking it easy regarding their..." July 31

  • Maple Leafs, star centre Auston Matthews talking contract extension

    Sportsnet "With only one more season left on his entry-level contract before he becomes a restricted free agent, Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs have begun to engage in contract extension discussions. Having racked up 132 points and 74 goals in his first two NHL..." July 27

  • Matthews not concerned about captaincy, says agency rep Bobby Orr

    The Score "With John Tavares now part of the Toronto Maple Leafs, questions about the team's open captaincy appear to be building. The club has not had a captain since Dion Phaneuf was dealt to the Ottawa Senators in 2016. Many believe Auston..." July 10

  • Dubas on keeping Nylander, Marner, Matthews: ‘We can, and we will’

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas pulled off the biggest signing of the summer when he landed UFA forward John Tavares on July 1, but his work this off-season is far from done. In fact, with Tavares’ $11-million cap hit now on the books for the next seven seasons,..." July 04

  • Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner may prefer to sign new deals next summer

    Pro Hockey Rumors "New Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has already reached out to the agents for center Auston Matthews and winger Mitch Marner, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports (video link).  He also notes that Toronto’s preference would be to get deals done with both players at the same time but McKenzie..." June 12

  • What does Auston Matthews' agent change mean for the Maple Leafs?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews changed agencies last week, the Maple Leafs are suddenly wondering what that means for them? After a turbulent offseason so far with their star player, which includes a poor playoff showing, two meetings with head coach Mike Babcock and an..." June 10

  • Leafs’ Auston Matthews switches agencies

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews has switched agencies, moving from CAA Hockey to Orr Hockey Group. Judd Moldaver, Matthews’ agent, made the jump, which prompted the 20-year-old to make the change. " June 06

  • Matthews not automatically next Maple Leafs captain, Sundin says "Auston Matthews may seem like the obvious choice to become the next captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but former captain Mats Sundin said that may not necessarily be the case. "It's easy to say Auston Matthews, he should be the captain," Sundin told TSN 1050 on Friday...." May 26

  • Babcock details visit with Matthews: 'It's not going to be rosy every day'

    The Score "Following reports of a rift stemming from the Toronto Maple Leafs' exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, head coach Mike Babcock visited star player Auston Matthews in his native Arizona earlier this month. Babcock says the face time allowed them to work out any..." May 14

  • Leafs’ Babcock in Arizona to meet with Auston Matthews

    Sportsnet "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock is in Arizona to meet with star forward Auston Matthews with the intention of clearing up any differences, according to the Headlines panel on Hockey Night in Canada. “The expectation is the two of them are going to talk or have talked this weekend as..." May 06

  • Should Leafs fans really worry about Babcock and Matthews?

    Yardbarker "It was mentioned in a recent PHR post that rumors of friction between Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss Mike Babcock and star Auston Matthews carried over into the postseason, a rift that was discussed at length by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos who appeared on Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup. Kypreos..." April 29

  • Matthews denies rift with Babcock, wants to play with Marner more

    The Score "Auston Matthews insists there's no tension between himself and head coach Mike Babcock. "Our relationship is fine," the Toronto Maple Leafs star told reporters, including Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, at the club's dressing-room clean-out session Friday. Matthews was presumably asked about it..." April 27