Remember when we discussed the Mitch Marner contract situation back at the beginning of the summer? Well, somehow that debacle is still ongoing. Neither the Leafs nor Marner seem to have budged, and we remain at a gridlock.
At this point, there's been no movement in the situation for what feels like months.
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Sooner rather than later, other teams are going to step in and offer sheet Marner. If that happens, it'll apply pressure on the Leafs to either match or risk losing one of the top wingers in the game.
Two of the most rumored teams to take a shot at Marner are the Islanders and Canucks. Neither club seems to be in any particular rush to offer sheet him, however, as with the lack of movement there's certainly no rush. Still, it'd provide one hell of a storyline if the Isles try to get back at the Leafs for stealing John Tavares by adding one of Toronto's top contributors.
While the Leafs insist they're confident a deal will happen, until we see pen on paper fans have every right to remain skeptical.
Regardless of how the situation pans out, we can all agree that the lack of action from Marner and the Leafs is starting to get pretty stale.