09 Mar 2023 13:02:03
Lets just say Matthews doesn't want to resign here and Leafs move him this summer(I don't believe that is going to happen, I am just getting on the trade board.lol)

Leafs will likely want to move him out West. My pick and where I believe makes a lot of sense. LA. Kopitar only has one more season on his contract. Even though he is still a producer, he isn't getting another long term $10M per at age 37 by then. They could use a superstar #1 centre moving forward. Anyone team wanting Matthews, it will cost big even if it isn't a sign and trade.imo

Matthews $11.64M

Kempe $5.5M
Vilardi RFA
Clarke ELC
Helenius ELC

May have to get LA to also take back some nobody AHL contracts.

1.) 09 Mar 2023
09 Mar 2023 15:05:18
@RLF been thinking about this scenario lately and was thinking of posting something on it. we seem to be on the same page but i only gt as far as 3 players. I also had Clarke & Kempe, but instead of Vilardi I had Byfield as he is a big local boy who is listed as playing C. but based on Daily Faceoffs both players seem to play the wing. only Vilardi has produced more this year.

2.) 09 Mar 2023
09 Mar 2023 20:34:52
He has a full NMC and he's a rental.

This is probably the best I could hope for in a Mathews trade.

3.) 09 Mar 2023
09 Mar 2023 22:36:22
NMC doesn't kick in until July 1st when his final year contract starts. The bonus to the NMC is that he wouldn't negotiate one if he wasn't wanting to stay in Toronto or at the very least decide where he goes if the Leafs wanted to move him.

4.) 10 Mar 2023
10 Mar 2023 03:43:46
@RLF it's a lot like the Kane situation one very aspect.

Yes, Mathews is significantly younger, but once his NMC starts I wouldn't expect a phenomenal return for him.

5.) 10 Mar 2023
10 Mar 2023 12:15:17
@LL. I think he still gets a very good return. He will be 26 and the acquiring team would get a full season, plus that time to negotiate a new contract. If a team is trading for Matthews, they have an idea of what it may cost to re-sign him. He is a top 10 player in the NHL. They don't come cheap.

6.) 10 Mar 2023
10 Mar 2023 13:06:28
I don’t think he’s leaving but let say for whatever reason he does I think you’re looking at a package most likely involving a 1st round pick a top prospect and probably a top 6 forward as the main pieces it would be hard to get much more than that just simply cause he could end up just being a rental for an acquiring team.

7.) 10 Mar 2023
10 Mar 2023 15:10:14
Maybe the deal before his NMC kicks in is a sign and trade so the acquiring team can get him for 8 years. maybe that's how we get more for him. tough to say cause as it was mentioned any team that wants him might just want to wait a year till he is a UFA.