The Toronto Maple Leafs likely would like Mitch Marner to block Brad Marchand on Twitter.
Marner is in the midst of a excellent year, logging 24 goals and 57 helps as a result of 66 game titles. In truth, the 21-yr-aged is just the eighth participant in Leafs franchise background to strike the 80-place mark in 66 or fewer game titles, as pointed out by NHL Community Relations.
Therefore, Marner, scheduled to come to be a restricted no cost agent this summer season, is setting himself up for a major payday. And that’s negative information for the Leafs, who presently have two gamers — Auston Mathews and John Tavares — creating north of $10 million for every yr. So though Toronto definitely is thrilled with Marner’s creation, the before long-to-be-salary-cap-strapped business most likely is dreading offseason negotiations with the star winger.
Not aiding matters is Marchand, who took to Twitter on Tuesday to pump Marner’s tires. The intention (we think) was to inflate Marner’s benefit to unreasonable heights.
Yeah, we question the Maple Leafs will be keen to pay back Marner that significantly dollars. But Marchand and the Boston Bruins most likely wouldn’t complain, as these a deal would make it awfully challenging for the Leafs to keep other critical gamers or to increase other locations of their group, these as their continue to-problematic protection.
The Bruins at this time lead the Leafs by 1 place in the Atlantic Division standings, although Boston does have a video game in hand. The two groups at this time are slated to sq. off in the initially round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and household-ice edge could have a major affect on who innovations to the second round.
The Bruins will return to the ice Tuesday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Back garden.
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