Auston Matthews is encouraged but not preoccupied by the advancement of his camp’s contract extension talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
General manager Kyle Dubas told reporters Tuesday that he and Matthews’ agent, Judd Moldaver, had taken positive steps toward structuring a deal that will keep the 21-year-old franchise centre in blue and white.
“They’re obviously talking and making some progress. And that’s great. I’m not really too worried or too focused about it,” Matthews said Wednesday, ahead of a showdown versus the Washington Capitals. “I let my agent kinda handle it. I don’t really talk to him much about it.
“If they get something done and my agent comes to me and says, ‘You know, I think we’re ready to sign,’ then we’ll sit down and figure it out. But for right now, my focus is here, on this team, on tonight’s game.
“When it’s ready, it’ll be there.”
Matthews is due to become a restricted free agent on July 1 and, despite battling a shoulder injury and a recent goal slump, has racked up 20 goals and 42 points through the first 30 appearances of his platform season.