Mitch Marner contract rumors: Maple Leafs have offered long-term deals worth $11 million AAV

first_imgThe issue is the $11 million AAV is lower than that of teammate Auston Matthews, who signed a five-year, $58 million deal in February.The fact that the deal is a longer term than Matthews also is a hangup, as well. Related News Mitch Marner has a very different idea of what he wants in a contract than what the Maple Leafs want to give him.Toronto has “been persistent” in offering the restricted free agent seven- and eight-year deals with an average annual value in the $11 million range, according to a report from TSN. Did Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner let something slip about his contract negotiations? The Leafs have been persistent in pushing both a 7 yr and 8 yr extension at Marner. The $11 mil per offer was made in June and included the $1.6 mil in B bonuses Toronto wouldn’t pay Marner in his entry level contract. 3 yr ext remains the focus.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 11, 2019TOR has made seven and eight year offers in the $11M AAV universe but because it’s a lower AAV and longer term than Auston Matthews, it hasn’t been palatable to Marner.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 11, 2019While Matthews was the No. 1 pick in 2016, Marner has scored more points than the star center in each of the last two years.Marner, 22, clearly wants to keep his options open and reportedly is looking at an extension closer to the three-year range, which would pay close to $12 million in its third year.However, the Maple Leafs reportedly don’t want to do that. NBC Sports, Pierre McGuire insist analyst has not been removed from No. 1 broadcast team 3 year ext is problematic for the Leafs because 3rd year could be as high as $12 mil. Marner could take the qualifying offer and walk into UFA market after 4th year. https://t.co/usIrOBE54D— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 11, 2019The Maple Leafs’ first preseason game is Sept. 17 against the Senators. They open the regular season Oct. 2 against the Senators, as well.The final day Marner can sign a deal with the Maple Leafs this season is Dec. 1 or he has to miss the entire year.This isn’t necessarily likely, but considering it took teammate William Nylander until that same day last year to sign his deal, it is a possibility. NHL free agency news: Blue Jackets sign Zach Werenski to 3-year, $15M deallast_img

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