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The Latest On Mitch Marner

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Afternoon Line- William Nylander

“Last year’s just gone, out of the books, really, except for maybe taking some stuff that I learned. I look forward to dominating.

“I’m confident in how I am as a player, so I’m not too worried about it.”

-William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Chris Johnston of Sportsnet has more.

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Mitch Marner May Be Setting The Price For Other RFAs

from TSN,

Negotiations between the Maple Leafs and restricted free agent Mitch Marner are being watched closely by agents around the NHL this summer, as Joe Smith of The Athletic writes that they are waiting for him to sign with Toronto.

"It appears there’s a waiting game among high-profile RFAs with no one wanting to go first, with a source saying agents are waiting for Toronto’s Mitch Marner to get his deal done and set the market," Smith wrote.

Marner is one of several high-profile restricted free agents who remain without a contract this summer, including Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko RantanenMatthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor and Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks.

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When Will Mitch Marner Sign With The Leafs?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The betting here is that Mitch Marner will sign a contract with the Maple Leafs on the first day of NHL’s regular season, thus missing all of training camp and likely just a few of the first games of the season.

It isn’t an ideal situation for either Marner or the Leafs, who have managed themselves into salary cap difficulty, but it is a solution well beyond what happened a year ago with William Nylander. After the Leafs acquired the dead contract money with Vegas on David Clarkson’s deal, it provided them with the ability to get Marner signed under the noisy constraints of the salary cap once rosters are posted to begin the season.

Coach Mike Babcock certainly won’t like the interruption of having Marner missing from camp — if that’s how it winds up — because at the same time it interferes with his first line with Marner, John Tavares and Zach Hyman getting comfortable in camp, especially when Hyman is hurt and won’t likely participate.

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Video- Top Plays From Mitch Marner

Ten of them, 5 1/2 minutes to watch.

 

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Looks Like David Clarkson Will Be Traded To Toronto

 

added 6:17pm, Toronto release is below.

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The Goaltending Picture In Toronto

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...today’s topic will be the quality of Toronto’s NHL goaltending staff. Blame Neuvirth. He started it by talking to a Czech newspaper and blabbing that he’s signed a professional tryout offer with the Leafs. Neuvirth’s not the reincarnation of Jacques Plante, but he’s also not a total stiff. He’s 31 years old and looking for work, has played for four NHL teams and most of the time has been a pretty competent netminder.

Neuvirth played for Dave Hakstol and the Philadelphia Flyers last season, and presumably now that Hakstol’s an assistant to Mike Babcock with the Leafs, he was asked about Neuvirth and didn’t say bringing him in on a PTO would be about as useful as that time Devin Setoguchi came in for a look-see.

That said, it might be. Neuvirth was lousy in his brief workload with the Flyers last year, but we can probably agree Philly hasn’t exactly been a place where goalies go to thrive since, well, the days of Pelle Lindbergh. Carter Hart might be the next great Flyers goalie, but he’ll have to hack his way through kilometres of Philadelphia goaltending scar tissue to get there.

So the Leafs are bringing in Neuvirth because Garret Sparks failed as the backup to Andersen last year, and nobody’s convinced Michael Hutchinson is capable of unseating Sparks. Notice, by the way, we didn’t say Sparks has proven he can’t do the job. He’s been a late bloomer throughout his career, and anybody who has tracked him through junior and pro hockey wouldn’t be surprised if he bounced back.

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Mitch Marner Not Talking About Contract Situation With The Leafs

from the CP at TSN,

The 22-year-old opened his Marner All-Star Invitational on Thursday night just north of the city, and while the focus was on raising money for worthy causes, the conversation inevitably pivoted to negotiations between himself and the team.

"I'm just trying to stay away from the talk," Marner said. "I've been spending most of my summer up by the lake and relaxing.

"(My agent has been) dealing with everything and has done a great job."

Marner directed questions about contract talks to that agent, Darren Ferris, who was in attendance.

Ferris declined to comment.

"He's done this a lot longer than I have," Marner said. "I've got all my confidence in him."

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RFA Thoughts During The Summer

 

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Any Money Left For Mitch Marner?

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Newcomers Cody Ceci and Alex Kerfoot are under contract for the Maple Leafs, but the club still requires some financial finagling if and when Mitch Marner signs.

According to the site Cap Friendly, the one-year deal for Ceci at $4.5 million and the AAV of $3.5 million for each of Kerfoot’s four years, both announced Thursday, gives the Leafs just $3.765 million in room for Marner. But still to be taken off the books closer to the start of the season is the injured Nathan Horton’s money, which gets the Leafs north of $9 million to put towards Marner’s wish to receive Auston Matthews’ money in the $11.634 million range.

The Leafs also have to find roster spots for Marner and the idled Horton, but moving the injured Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott to IR at the beginning would be a temporary solution if no other personnel moves come this summer.

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from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

While things have quieted down on the free agency front, the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager still has plenty of work to do in order to lock up one of the league’s best young stars. Dubas provided an update on where things stand in the ongoing negotiations with RFA Mitch Marner during an interview on Tim & Sid on Thursday:

“We continue to have good dialogue daily with Mitch’s representative, Darren Ferris, and we continue to try to work hard towards it,” Dubas said. “I’ll try to get as creative as we possibly can to try to get it across the finish line.”

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