While Maple Leafs team President Brendan Shanahan inferred yesterday that their young stars may need to take a little less money to keep the team together, Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic suggested on the latest TSN Insider Trading (video link) that Toronto may have to make an exception when it comes to center Auston Matthews. He suggests that the salary range for the 21-year-old will likely fall between $12MM and $12.5MM on his next contract and while the high end of that range equals Connor McDavid’s AAV in Edmonton, the continued increase of the Upper Limit means that Matthews could equal (or even beat) McDavid’s cap hit while actually taking a lower percentage of the salary cap.
More from the East:
- New Capitals winger Dmitrij Jaskin had been looking to get out of St. Louis for a while. Blues GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Jaskin requested a trade following last season but that there were no takers at the draft and in the early stages of training camp. That led to him being waived where Washington picked him up and with Tom Wilson out for the first quarter of the season, Jaskin should have a chance to make a mark with his new organization. He has, however, been a healthy scratch in their first two games so far.
- Tampa Bay winger Ryan Callahan has been cleared for contact, notes Bryan Burns of the Lightning’s team site (Twitter link). However, the veteran indicated that this does not mean that his timeline to return has been changed. Callahan underwent shoulder surgery at the end of May that was expected to keep him out five-to-six months. We’re still several weeks away from the earliest possible return based on that timeline so it appears they’re going to ere on the side of caution before putting him back in the lineup. Considering he has missed 79 games due to injury over the past two years, that’s probably a good idea.