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SportsHow Early Is Too Early To Be Nervous About Mitch Marner?

10:50  22 august  2019
10:50  22 august  2019 Source:   deadspin.com

NHL free agency 2019: Maple Leafs reportedly eager to get deal done with Mitch Marner

NHL free agency 2019: Maple Leafs reportedly eager to get deal done with Mitch Marner As per The Athletic's James Mirtle, Toronto is willing to pay anywhere from $9 million to $11 million a year to keep Marner, depending on term.

What Marner wants is no secret: what Auston Matthews has. The young Leafs center signed a deal in February with an .634 million AAV, and Marner thinks he’s on But the Leafs seem to be hoping they can lock Marner in for several years at a smaller rate—around million, say, so they can more

“ That was the thing that I really grew up with that I took care of myself really well,” said Marner . “I ate what I needed to, and got back to the frame But unless the Leafs can sign them early or convince them to take less to be part of something special, that ’s where it gets tricky. Nylander is said to be

How Early Is Too Early To Be Nervous About Mitch Marner?© Photo: Claus Andersen (Getty)

Everything is fine in Toronto, because training camp doesn’t even start for another few weeks. But ... is it really? The negotiations between the Maple Leafs and their wunderkind RFA winger Mitch Marner have, perhaps unsurprisingly, plodded through the offseason with minimal progress, or at least with minimal progress updates. But as the season creeps closer, and as the wounds from last year’s William Nylander impasse still feel fresh, this situation is starting to feel just a teensy bit tense.

The latest development in the standoff came on Tuesday, when some strategic leaks floated the possibility that Marner would practice on his own in Switzerland if he hasn’t come to terms with the Leafs in time for camp. That information isn’t exactly news in itself—of course an unsigned player should be exploring alternatives to staying in shape if he can’t get a contract—but it adds a bit of pressure to the NHL’s restricted free agent market, which has felt totally stuck since the Sebastian Aho offer sheet drama nearly two months ago.

Tavares: 'We all believe the right thing will happen' in Marner negotiations

Tavares: 'We all believe the right thing will happen' in Marner negotiations John Tavares is optimistic he'll have Mitch Marner back by his side when the Toronto Maple Leafs open their 2019-20 season, even though the 22-year-old winger has seen his contract negotiations drag into mid-August. "There's lots of restricted free agents unsigned still, a lot of guys in a similar position as him," Tavares told TSN. "There's still some time here, I think we all believe the right thing will happen and something will get worked out. I think that's what both sides obviously want, sometimes it takes a little bit longer than others. Mitch is obviously an important player for our team. Just the type of guy he is as well, you can really count on him.

Marner ’s two-point night vaulted him to 16 points in his last 11 games. In an expanded view, Marner And, speaking of streaks, James van Riemsdyk scored to tie the game at 4-4 early in the third period Marner had set up Nazem Kadri for a power-play goal at 16:22 of the second, tying the game at 1-1

Mitch Marner , the 19-year-old Maple Leafs rookie from the Greater Toronto Area, has been dazzling the league this season with his playmaking abilities. Marner grew up as a diminutive winger, constantly being told that he was too small to play professional hockey.

Still unsigned along with Marner are crucial players like the Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen, the Lightning’s Brayden Point, the Canucks’ Brock Boeser, the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk, and the Jets’ Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine. But it’s Marner who’s generally pegged as the guy who will “set the market.” Nobody is going to get paid more than Marner, the thinking goes, so the other dominoes can’t fall without him.

What Marner wants is no secret: what Auston Matthews has. The young Leafs center signed a deal in February with an $11.634 million AAV, and Marner thinks he’s on par with the former first-overall pick. But the Leafs seem to be hoping they can lock Marner in for several years at a smaller rate—around $10 million, say, so they can more easily squeeze him under the already-tight salary cap bind they’re going to find themselves in even after they put Nathan Horton and David Clarkson on long-term injured reserve.

NHL Analyst Thinks Mitch Marner's Agent is Overvaluing Him

NHL Analyst Thinks Mitch Marner's Agent is Overvaluing Him In the midst of the chaotic Mitch Marner situation, you have to wonder, who's leading the charge? A better question might be who's the one setting the ridiculous value of Marner. Sportnet's Andrew Berkshire might have the answer. Berkshire believes those around the 22 year-old winger think that he's worth the same type of money as some of the league's top players after just three seasons. As good as Marner is, claiming he's worth $10 million plus a year is seriously overvaluing him. "I just think his agents and the people giving him advice are severely overvaluing him.

Who the hell calls someone so early in the morning?! Am I wrong for being irritated? I personally don't call anyone before 10 am just because I don't want to The lady was inquiring about one of my dogs for adoption and did not apologize for calling so late/ early or even seem to notice my groggy voice over

All week, the pressing issue was Mitch Marner . And on Thursday, it seemed Marner played with everybody. QUESTION: If it were to come to a point where the Leafs needed to trade Nylander or Marner . Or did it surface because of the tough love he received from the team earlier in his career.

Who’s right in this dispute is mostly a matter of perspective. Historical precedent, and the argument that winger is a less valuable position than center, falls on the Leafs side. But the franchise also set a new precedent when it gave Matthews so much money, and when a player the same age as Matthews wants an equal deal after leading the team in points in 2018–19, it’s hard to blame him. Any media posturing or flirtation with European workouts that Marner’s camp needs to do in order to pressure the Leafs is fair game.

Also on the player’s side is the knowledge of two things. First, the Leafs are going to need a fully operational Mitch Marner if they’re ever going to push farther than the first round of the playoffs. Second, they’ll want to put Marner’s signature on the dotted line as soon as possible. Toronto already stumbled in a similar situation last year, as 22-year-old William Nylander didn’t sign until Dec. 1, and then struggled mightily once he finally got on the ice. The stakes are even higher with Marner, who does everything the Leafs need him to do and can reasonably claim to be the team’s MVP. The thought of John Tavares’s right-hand man missing any significant chunk of games—or being forced to skate through them without a full preseason of conditioning—doesn’t quite feel like a real threat yet. But call it the threat of a threat.

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Leafs need to sort out this Mitch Marner contract.
We’re a month away from the start of the NHL season and it seems like there’s a ton of news all at once: • Mitch Marner contract talks; • All those other RFAs like Patrik Laine and Brayden Point; • Do the Leafs need a captain? • Collective bargaining issues. Folks, when I took the summer off I didn’t think managers, agents and players would also take their summers off and not get anything done. I wanted it all done by the time I got back. But no. I’m off to Chicago today for the twin happenings. First, there are the NHL Players' Association meetings that will help determine whether the players will re-open the CBA two years early, or let it ride. (Let it ride, I say.

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