Auston Matthews, newsbreaker': Social media lets loose as Leafs star signs extension

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Take a deep breath Leafs Nation, Auston Matthews is set to continue to call Toronto home and seems pretty excited about it too.

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So much so, in fact, that he didn't want to wait for someone else to break the news for him.

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before it officially came down the pipeline, Matthews decided to take to Instagram and X, formerly known as Twitter

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to hint at the incoming bomb, spurring an array of reactions from Leafs fans across social media.

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As eyes widened at the thought of the Toronto Maple Leafs completing the top priority of the offseason, fans took to social media

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using the few minutes between the tease and the official release to piece together every possible outcome of Matthews' post

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Then the Maple Leafs made it official, dropping the news that fans have been waiting all summer for. "AM34" was inked for four more.

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Rejoice Leafs fans, for you no longer have to spend the entirety of the season and next summer worrying about whether your star stays or goes.

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And rejoice they did, taking to social media to celebrate the massive extension and the possibility of contention with this core for years to come.

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Deal will make star centre league's highest-paid player beginning in 2024-25

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The deal carries an average annual value of $13.25 million, which will make Matthews the league's highest-paid player beginning in 2024-25

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Matthews has one season left on his current contract — a five-year, $58.2-million pact signed in February 2019 

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