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

Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner may prefer to sign new deals next summer
Published On: Tue, Jun 12
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Auston Matthews puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number one overall draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

New Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has already reached out to the agents for center Auston Matthews and winger Mitch Marner, TSNa€™s Bob McKenzie reports (video link).A  He also notes that Torontoa€™s preference would be to get deals done with both players at the same time but McKenzie believes that the youngsters may prefer to hold off on signing an extension this offseason in favor of waiting until next summer when they are eligible for restricted free agency.

Both players are coming off of strong sophomore campaigns and if they play at that level or better in 2018-19, it stands to reason that their cases for a bigger payday will only be strengthened.A  Therea€™s little reason to believe that one or both players will regress so betting on themselves certainly makes some sense.A  Of course, there is some risk here.A  A significant injury to either player would certainly negatively impact negotiations.

Ita€™s also worth noting that the barometer for big contracts is shifting more towards the percentage of the salary cap over the actual AAV.A  The Upper Limit has only gone up since being instituted and will probably do so again next summer so if Marner and Matthews are targeting a specific percentage of the cap on their next deals, it should yield a higher amount by waiting.

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