Reports of Auston Matthews' desire to sign with Red Star Kunlun were apparently greatly exagerated (ok, quite possibly 100% made up), although along the way we got to learn allllllllllll about schedule A and B bonuses and Entry Level Contracts.

Today, Chris Johnston broke the news that Matthews has finally returned from his probable desert outpost for long enough to sign his name to a very lucrative piece of paper.

If you've been reading up, that means that Matthews got about as much out of Lou Lamoriello as he could. Were we doubting that Lou would give the #1 overall drafted prospect his due? Hmm. Yes, I think we probably were. Or at least this guy was. How about THEM apples, Kevin McGran?