Rielly scores victor, Maple Leafs beat Senators 5-4

Auston Matthews has agreed to a five-year deal with the Maple Leafs. More

"Regardless of (whether) I'm making one dollar or making 11 million dollars, I am not going to change who I am", Matthews said.

The Leafs hadn't reached the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns since 2003 and 2004 and haven't won a playoff series since 2004, losing in the first round to Boston a year ago and Washington in 2017. In 211 career games, the native of Thornhill, Ont., has accumulated 193 points (61 goals, 132 assists). In total, $149,690,000 of the $180,150,000 allocated to Matthews, William Nylander and John Tavares in recent Maple Leafs contracts has come in the form of signing. Matthews is fourth in points with 46, and second in goals with 23 behind Tavares.

In each of the first two years, Matthews will receive a bonus of $15.2-million and a salary of $700,000; in the third year, it will be a bonus of $9.7-million and a salary of $750,000; and in each of the final two years, the bonus will be $7.2 million and a salary of $750,000. "We have a great management team and a great team in this locker-room and we all want - including myself - to be a Leaf for a long time and I'm sure that will happen".

According to SportsNet's Chris Johnston, the vast majority of Matthews' contract, 93% percent, will be paid in signing bonus money, which is lockout, rollback and buyout protected. While he's also an elite player, he doesn't make an impact that tends to be rewarded by National Hockey League teams at the same level as someone with the Matthews bonafides. Matt Duchene had the other Ottawa goal. The 21-year old has 62 points in 52 games for the Maple Leafs, which is leading the team.

Ottawa won the first meeting, game two of the regular season, but these days there's quite a disparity in the standings. "Just from our fans, the support we get, walking around the street, being recognized, that is not something I ever really imagined as a kid growing up in Arizona to playing in a market like this".

And as coach Mike Babcock noted, it could be the last one 86-year-old Bob Cole calls at Toronto's home rink.

He has also represented the United States at two World Junior Championships (2015, 2016), capturing a bronze in 2016, two World U-18 Championships (2014, 2015), capturing gold at both, and the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

Toronto scored three goals in four minutes late in the second period to take a 4-2 lead.

His entry-level deal runs through June 30. Nylander is locked up until 2024 at a cap hit slightly north of $6.9 million per season.

Morgan Rielly scored the victor midway through the third period for a 5-4 win.

Andreas Johnsson, Hyman and Tavares also scored for Toronto. Unless Marner is willing to take what would likely be a massive pay cut, it seems like it would be very hard for Kyle Dubas to get him under contract for next season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs just keeping locking up their stars.

So, why did Ferris sing the different tune no less than a half day after trying to drive a wedge between Marner and the Leafs?

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