Maple Leafs incoming general manager Brad Treliving got straight to the point at his introductory news conference Thursday by addressing potential contract extension talks with star Auston Matthews.
The team's top center is about to enter the final season of his five-year, $58 million deal and is eligible to re-sign with Toronto as of July 1. Treliving has been on the job less than 24 hours but already made time to connect with Matthews.
"I communicated with Auston via text," Treliving confirmed. "I know [his agent] Judd [Moldaver], there's a great personal relationship [there]. We're not going to get into any public discourse about contracts but obviously we know where these contracts are at. Auston is one of the elite players in the world. We're not talking about [just] a good player. Getting to Auston is a priority."