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Video- The Mitch Marner Signing And Other RFAs

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Elliotte Friedman gives his thoughts on Mitch Marner signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs for six years. Examining the term, dollar amount, and impact this contract has on other restricted free agents around the NHL.

 

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A New Deal For Mitch Marner

 

 

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Mike Babcock Knows The Pressure Is On

from the CP at Sportnet,

Mike Babcock is aware his seat will be a little warmer than usual this season.

And if things don’t go according to plan for the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it could get positively scalding.

That’s life behind the bench of a team with Stanley Cup aspirations, a talent-loaded roster and three straight first-round playoff exits.

"I do, for sure," Babcock said when asked if he feels the screws tightening as training camp opened this week. "The expectation each and every year should be greater than the previous year if you’re going in the right direction."

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Will We See A Different Mike Babcock?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The tightrope walk for Mike Babcock as coach of the Maple Leafs has already begun.

He is metaphorically wobbling as training camp is about to begin, trying to remain stable with a new coaching staff around him, trying to remain balanced with so many comfort zone players removed from his roster, trying to focus on his team and its goals with full knowledge there is a front office split of sorts on his present and his future.

There isn’t consensus around the Leafs that Babcock should still be the coach. Publicly, they will smile, the way general manager Kyle Dubas smiled the other day, saying he tripped over his words at the end of last season when not being certain about Babcock’s return, but the fact of the matter is not so definitive.

Management wants to see a different Babcock this coming season. He knows that. He’s had to adjust before. He’s had to grow on the job before. He’s capable of doing that so long as he defeats his long-time penchant for stubbornness along the way.

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Trade Mitch Marner?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

... But with training camp around the corner, and with the William Nylander experience there for all Leaf fans to reference, it’s pretty clear the Toronto hockey public should get used to the idea Marner won’t be in camp and almost certainly won’t play 82 games this season.

So if you’re Kyle Dubas and your plans of signing Marner to a new contract well before now have clearly not panned out, it’s time to start imagining other possibilities. Such as the scenario under which Marner doesn’t sign and doesn’t play this season.

Or the one that has him playing for some other team.

That’s a crappy scenario, to be sure. He was a crafty pick at fourth overall by the Leafs, he has succeeded beyond expectations, he’s a local lad and everybody likes the little guy who doesn’t let his size hold him back. To consider scenarios that have him performing his wizard act for another NHL team really are not appealing. He’s just too much fun to watch, too much of a competitor.

But that’s the way this might have to go.

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Is This Season A ‘Cup Or Bust’ Year For The Toronto Maple Leafs?

from James Tanner of Editor In Leaf,

Cup or Bust

The Leafs have been slowly rebuilding for the last five years, and now all of that patience is coming to fruition.

The Leafs three best young players – Auston Matthews, WIlliam Nylander and Mitch Marner – are all entering their fourth full season of NHL hockey.

The three of them are all due to peak and have their career year. It doesn’t always happen that way, but around 23 is when most elite players have their best year.

There is also the fact that Tavares hasn’t yet started to decline.  He stands to be a great player for years, but at 28 he is the age when most players begin to feel the first signs of decline.

As a superstar player, Tavares’ age curve promises to be a gentle one, but still, it is a reasonable bet, when looking at their respective ages, to say that Tavares and Matthews as a combo will never be better than they are going to be this year.

As if that wasn’t enough good news, the Leafs – if their players all live up to their previous years – have a crazy number of first-line quality players.

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Video- Season Preview For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Dave McCarthy at NHL.com,

The Toronto Maple Leafs could have as many as 11 new players in the lineup when they open the 2019-20 NHL season against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 2.

Following an offseason of roster turnover after being eliminated by the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round -- the third straight season the Maple Leafs were ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round -- the key will be whether Toronto can come together quickly and get off to a strong start.

"Of course, developing chemistry is going to be a challenge," goalie Frederik Andersen said, "but I think most guys in hockey are pretty easy to become good friends with, and I think that's something we'll be able to do pretty quickly. I don't see that becoming the biggest concern at all. Obviously, saying goodbye to guys I got to know a lot the last few years is tough, but that is part of how the business works."

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Video- The Latest From Brian Burke

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke joined Prime Time Sports to discuss Mitch Marner's contract situation, other RFAs and how Auston Matthews may consider leaving the Maple Leafs at the end of his contract.

 

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The Latest On Mitch Marner

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