The Toronto Maple Leafs general manager, Kyle Dubas doesn't seem to be worried about offer sheets heading towards Auston Matthews or Mitch Marner if either of them remains unsigned on July 1, 2019.
Dubas feels confident that the two will agree to a long-term deal before then. However, if a deal doesn't get agreed upon, he, according to MSN, feels that the organization would be in a good position to respond if they're taken up by another team. The general manager also mentioned that there is some form of defenses in place via the salary caps and how they're arranged. If it does come to an offer sheet being signed, Dubas would get $27-million in salary cap space to utilize to his advantage.
Despite the possibility of an offer sheet signing, there's the reality that no team has apparently managed to follow through with one since 2007 when Dustin Penner got signed by Edmonton. Then there are the players that a team gets when they lose a restricted free agent. In the case with the Leafs, they're said to be able to get four first-round draft picks. This means that they're getting a four for one option but that "one" they had to give up was rather good.
This isn't the only thing regarding contract complications with the Maple Leafs. William Nylander had a hardcore negotiation with management. The star winger and the team eventually agreed upon a six-year contract that would pay him $10.2 million for the 2018/2019 year and $6.9 million US from the second to the sixth year.
What This Means
Both Matthews and Marner are probably not going to get offered anything. They'd first have to find a team willing to take the chance, time, money, and a large amount of effort to even offer the sheet. On top of that, the leaf's have got protections in place, so, the offering team would need to consider that as well, which means these two players would then probably be even more expensive. After all that, it might turn into a back and forth game between teams trying to get the two to either stay or leave, which could burn bridges in the process.