If you are signing you would have had to get him to a 8 year deal. 5 years with that money is and was absolutely insane. Only McDavid was getting that kind of money and he was on max term and wayyyy better than Matthews. Dubas just gave Matthews whatever he wanted without negotiations. Just straight up gave UFA contract/money to RFA player Adding Matthews/Marner/Nylander/Andersen in 1 offseason might have played a part in their turnaround, not just Matthews How were they not favourites against Columbus?