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SportsMaple Leafs were Mitch Marner’s first, and only, choice

01:01  17 september  2019
01:01  17 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Maple Leafs were Mitch Marner’s first, and only, choice© Claus Andersen Mitch Marner was presented with two offer sheets in the off season, but said he never seriously considered them. “It was early in the summer, and the whole goal was to be a Maple Leaf, so it wasn’t in my head too much.”

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Mitch Marner shunned two NHL teams that presented offer sheets in the off-season, saying his heart was with the Maple Leafs.

“It was early in the summer, and the whole goal was to be a Maple Leaf, so it wasn’t in my head too much,” Marner said. “I didn’t want to miss training camp, I didn’t want to miss any games this season. That’s why I really forced the issue with (GM) Kyle (Dubas) to get something done here.”

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Marner signed a six-year extension worth $64.5 million on Friday and joined his teammates Sunday.

His agent, Darren Ferris, told TSN Radio 1050 that two teams had approached with offers that would have put the Maple Leafs in a position to match or let him leave and accept draft picks as compensation. It’s believed the Columbus Blue Jackets and possibly the Montreal Canadiens were the two teams involved, though Ferris wasn’t saying.

The pull of the Blue and White is strong, said Leafs coach Mike Babcock.

“Mitch wants to be a Leaf for life, and that’s why in the end you were pretty comfortable it was going to happen,” he said. “In the end, Mitch would tell you the business part of it was not much fun.

“But knowing what you want and knowing where your heart is is important. We wouldn’t have John Tavares here if he hadn’t felt that way. You also have to get guys who weren’t born in Toronto to want to be Leafs, too.”

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PERFECT NUMBER: Goalie Frederik Andersen didn’t want to put a number on how many games he will play this season when asked if somewhere between 50 and 60 was right.

“I can’t say anything, I don’t want to lock us in or anything,” he said. “I have some say, for sure. But I don’t want to go far into it. We’ll see after 82 games how many games I played.”

Part of the issue is how well his backup performs.

“You have to be in a spot to manage (Andersen’s) workload,” Babcock said. “You’ve got to be in a good spot in the standings. And the (backup) guy you go with has to be able to play and have a chance to win.”

MENDING NETMINDER: Goalie Michal Neuvirth is nursing an undisclosed injury. Vying for the backup job and in camp on a professional try out, Neuvirth worked out with injured players Monday after having been given Sunday off.

“He wasn’t feeling good bodywise,” Babcock said. “Obviously it’s not ideal for him. If he wants to battle for a job, he’s got to be in a position to do that. He’s also got to be healthy.”

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MENTAL GRIND: It’s next to impossible to figure out who will end up on the Leafs’ fourth line.

Jason Spezza, Trevor Moore and possibly Frederik Gauthier have the inside track. But Pierre Engvall, Egor Korshkov, Nic Petan, Pontus Aberg and Kenny Agostino are in the conversation, too.

“Figuring it out is obviously what camp is over time,” said Babcock. “It gets to be a mental grind by about Day 4. Usually, the guys that are better come to the fore, so you just keep watching. Can they play on the power play? Can they penalty kill? What role can they provide? Then we’ll see what happens.”

Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran

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