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20:10  10 september  2019
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Mitch Marner Actually Thinking He's More Valuable Than Auston Matthews is Ludicrous

Mitch Marner Actually Thinking He's More Valuable Than Auston Matthews is Ludicrous It's the middle of September and Mitch Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs are still sniping back and fourth about a potential new contract. Based on the latest reports, however, maybe the Leafs were in the right after all. Toronto has offered seven- and eight-year deals with an average annual value of around $11 million to the 21-year-old Marner, but he is still holding out hope that he could get a deal that surpasses that of yes, Auston

Its time to say what needs to be said and its time to ask the difficult questions. After Marner declined a long term offer from the Leafs and seems to be

Mitch Marner 's contract will set the market ceiling, but just how high will it get? The Athletic’s James Mirtle added more insight on what’s holding up the Marner negotiations in a recent post, and it involves a counter offer that would become the richest bridge deal in NHL history.

Mitch Marner should be thinking short-term deal© File Photo Marner should be thinking short-term deal

A cone of silence has descended around contract talks involving Mitch Marner, and that can only be a good thing, a positive sign.

The three-year, $15 million deal signed by Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets maybe was the deal that breaks the log-jam of restricted free agents waiting for deals. That was a terrific deal for both sides, and something I hope Marner is paying attention to.

First off, Werenski will play for a team-friendly-ish $5 million a year. Werenski will make $4 million in each of the first two years and $7 million in the third season. That the third season is the highest number. He’ll still be an RFA when it expires, but it guarantees the Jackets will have to offer him at least $7 million to retain his RFA rights. So he already knows he’s getting a bigger payday four years down the road.

What do fans think of the Leafs’ Mitch Marner signing?

What do fans think of the Leafs’ Mitch Marner signing? Toronto Maple Leafs signing unrestricted free agent Mitch Marner to a hefty six-year contract worth $65.385 million is generating a mixed reaction from fans. After months of negotiations, Marner signed a deal at an average of $10.893 million a year (all dollars U.S.). The forward player is now the team’s third highest-paid player behind centres Auston Matthews ($11.634 million) and John Tavares ($11 million). The Leafs now have three of the seven highest-paid players in the NHL. The deal puts the Leafs payroll at nearly $95 million, almost $11 million over the NHL’s salary cap. On Friday night, Marner tweeted that he was “proudly continuing the tradition with the Maple Leafs.

NHL insider Ren Lavoie thinks balanced lines is the most important approach for the Maple Leafs, says Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews should only play

Mitchell Marner Bio. You would think the expectations that come with being a top draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs are tough enough without But Marner , who was selected by Toronto with the No. 4 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, embraces being likened to Gilmour. He even wore the former Maple

The short-term deal is far better for all of these young RFAs due to the changing landscape on the way. The league’s TV deal with NBC has two years to go. Currently, the league splits $200 million US among the 31 franchises, about $6.4 million a team.

The new deal -- kicking in 2021-22 -- should be in the $750 million range, split among 32 franchises, about $23.4 million a team, so a difference of nearly $17 million. Now a lot goes into determining hockey related revenue and the current CBA talks underway may change how things work (they made decide to limit rises to the cap, they may limit contract length, that sort of thing).

But if I were to bet, I’d say the cap takes a significant leap in 2021-22 (the year of a new TV deal). It would be good to be a highly desirable free agent (either restricted or unrestricted) by then.

Forward Mitch Marner joins Toronto Maple Leafs in Newfoundland for training camp

Forward Mitch Marner joins Toronto Maple Leafs in Newfoundland for training camp PARADISE, N.L. — Mitch Marner and Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas say bringing the team together and not missing any games were top of mind issues as they inked a six-year deal. Marner joined his Maple Leafs teammates today in Paradise, N.L. for the second day of training camp. The former restricted free agent agreed to a six-year deal with Toronto yesterday, with an average annual value of US$10.893 million. Dubas thanked the 22-year-old Marner for his commitment to the team by agreeing to a salary slightly below his expectations, in order to have the team in a good place for the start of the season.

With Mitch Marner eligible to sign a contract extension on July 1st with the Toronto Maple Leafs Mitch Marner has been electric since joining the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is the Leafs most Bridge deals seem to be a thing of the past. Teams are more willing to give long term deals with high AAV to

The Bruins forward poked his nose into the Maple Leafs negotiations with Mitch Marner . One game per million he said Marner should be paid. Brad Marchand is fined ,000 to be paid Okay, that last one may be a bit harsh, but some punishment must be dealt for this blatant piece of tampering with

If Marner can get a three-year deal at an average annual salary of $9.5 million, where in the third year he makes $11.5 million, he’ll guarantee himself a whopping raise down the line. In his case, it would mean forgoing signing bonus money, at least far less up front than you see others get.

There’s a downside. An injury, for one thing. But bigger: If there’s a lockout in 2020-21, his salary won’t be paid. (Signing bonus money is paid.)

For that reason, contract talks could drag on until after the player announce their intention on whether to open up the collective bargaining agreement two years early. If they do, then a lockout in 2020-21 is a possibility. Now, the CBA talks are said to be going smoothly. There’s chatter about an extension. But unless Marner knows it for certain, it’s probably not a risk worth taking.

I don’t see the Leafs doing a two-year deal. And a four-year deal would walk Marner to free agency. Anything longer, and I think Marner would be costing himself money, because of the impending US TV deal.

So we circle back to a three-year deal, but with a ton of signing bonuses, guaranteeing the payday up front. And in three years, another round of hard-bargaining.

Problems solved. Camp opens on Wednesday.

GOT A QUESTION: Email me at [email protected] and I’ll answer you in Friday’s Mailbag. That is if I’m not “screeched in” in St. John’s. Egad. What’ going to happen there?

Dubas 'hopeful' Marner will sign ahead of training camp.
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is optimistic about getting restricted free-agent forward Mitch Marner signed to a new deal before training camp begins Sept. 13. “We’ve continued to have dialogue with (Marner's agent) Darren (Ferris) as recently as last week," Dubas said in an interview with TSN's Bob McKenzie. Marner is among several talented restricted free agents that are still without contracts, and the 22-year-old has already said he "probably won't" attend training camp without a new deal.

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