Sportsnet: When requested by Pierre LeBrun how a lot he feels staff success within the playoffs may be an element or not subsequent summer time because the Toronto Maple Leafs are in a position to signal him to a contract subsequent offseason, if issues are tied collectively in his thoughts, Auston Matthews responds:
** NHLRumors.com transcription
“Ya, so, I figured, I recognize the query, I’d wish to be clear in regards to the contract stuff, I’m going to the touch on it as we speak and I believe that’s it. I perceive why I’m being requested however on the identical time, I’m targeted on this season. I’m targeted clearly on profitable, and persevering with to enhance and assist push this staff over the sting.
So far as that goes, I’m simply targeted on this season and what’s to come back and the long run I see (??). When that point comes, we’ll take care of it, however I believe I’ve been fairly clear. I’ve cherished my time right here. I actually love taking part in within the metropolis of Toronto. I believe, I think about it house now. I’ve actually loved my time. My teammates have been unbelievable 12 months after 12 months. It’s good to have the help the town brings. Clearly, we’re all working to deliver that one final purpose.
So, I recognize the query however I’m not going to be entertaining this query all 12 months. I perceive why you guys wish to speak about it however on the identical time, there’s nothing that may be performed. I’m underneath contract for 2 extra years. I can’t prolong for one more 10 months. I’ll simply sort of depart it at that however I recognize the query.”
Sportsnet: ** NHLRumors.com transcribing two Auston Matthews segments – on taking part in in Toronto and never specializing in his subsequent contract.
“Simply the town, the way in which the town sort of embraced the gamers, embraced myself, my household. I’ve simply sort of grown comfy in my very own pores and skin right here and it’s not straightforward to try this at occasions however I simply suppose it’s such a particular place to play.
Simply the fellows I’ve been in a position to play with, that I’m nonetheless taking part in with as we speak, from my first 12 months within the league until now. I believe you simply construct these relationships with individuals within the group and your teammates.
And like I stated, it’s only a particular place to play. Clearly, a number of historical past right here and it’s an enormous honor to exit each night time and put on the Maple Leaf on my chest.
So, it’s undoubtedly one thing I don’t take with no consideration and I actually recognize, however like I stated. It’s felt like house for some time and it’s simply an superior place to play and I’ve actually loved my time.
Chris Johnston asks Matthews about Nathan MacKinnon’s large contract extension and the way a lot it impacts him as he’ll be a UFA in two years.
“I imply I’m undecided. I’m actually blissful for Nate. I’ve been fortunate sufficient to play with him, get to know him, and he’s clearly a reasonably unbelievable participant.
So I believe that contracts a lot deserved and so far as my state of affairs, I’m probably not too targeted on that, it’s nonetheless a pair years away.”