Auston Matthews contract details: Maple Leafs superstar signs four-year extension to stay with Toronto

Auston Matthews isn’t leaving the Six anytime soon. 

The Maple Leafs signed the superstar center to a four-year extension on Thursday, keeping Matthews in Toronto for the foreseeable future. 

Matthews is in the final year of a five-year deal he signed with the organization in 2019. He was going to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2024. 

The 25-year-old is coming off another exceptional season in the NHL. He recorded 85 points in 74 games with the Maple Leafs, hitting 40 goals for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in his seven-year career in the NHL. 

The No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft has 542 points through 481 career games with Toronto. He enters the 2023-24 NHL season with 299 career goals, which is already tied for fifth in Maple Leafs history. 

Matthews is already a two-time Rocket Richard winner, a Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award recipient and a six-time All-Star. 

MORE: Who are the best NHL free agents in 2024?

The Sporting News has the latest contract extension details for Matthews

Auston Matthews contract details

Matthews is currently in the final year of his five-year, $58 million contract extension he signed in 2019. The deal carries a cap hit of $11.64 million for the 2023-24 season. 

Matthews’ extension is for four years and carries an annual average value of $13.25 million. It will start at the beginning of the 2024-25 NHL season. 

The center is set to hit unrestricted free agency in 2028. 

Year AAV
2024-25 $13.25 million
2025-26 $13.25 million
2026-27 $13.25 million
2027-28 $13.25 million

Highest-paid NHL players in 2023-24

When Matthews’ contract extension kicks in, he will be the highest-paid player in the NHL based on AAV, surpassing Nathan MacKinnon’s mark of $12.6 million. 

Matthews is already among the highest-paid players for this season, but he isn’t No. 1. He is making $11.64 million, which is the fourth-most out of all players this season based on AAV. 

There are three Maple Leafs among the NHL’s top-10 list for highest AAV in 2023-24. 

Rank Player Team AAV
1 Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche $12.6 million
2 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers $12.5 million
3 Artemi Panarin New York Rangers $11.642 million
4 Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs $11.64 million
5 Erik Karlsson Pittsburgh Penguins $11.5 million
6 David Pastrnak Boston Bruins $11.25 million
7 John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs $11 million
  Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings $11 million
9 Mitch Marner Toronto Maple Leafs $10.903 million
10 Carey Price Montreal Canadiens $10.5 million
  Jonathan Huberdeau Calgary Flames $10.5 million

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