NHL Insider Gives Update on Mitch Marner-Leafs Contract Discussions

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 23: Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during the Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on April 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Seven | Omar Rawlings

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a solid group of offensive talent on their roster, with most of them not even being in their prime yet.

Among those players is Mitch Marner, who led the Maple Leafs in points last season. Marner's contract expires this season, and he will give Toronto an expensive price tag to re-sign him.

TSN NHL Insider Darren Dreger gives an update on where negotiations stand along with the Leafs cap issues.

The expectation is that Marner's contract negotiations will fall over into NHL Free Agency this summer with the Leafs being handcuffed with salary cap near the max of what they can spend.

Dreger also adds that Marner will likely begin visiting other teams when his contract officially expires with Toronto on June 26. Since he will be a restricted free agent, if another team signs him they will need to send compensatory draft picks to the Maple Leafs, which also gives Toronto a chance to match the contract offered to Marner.

The full breakdown can be found in the link from TSN 1050 Toronto.

Marner finished the regular season with 94 points while playing all 82 games, scoring 26 goals and adding 68 assists with a +22 rating. He is set to make at least $10 million annually on his next contract, and with the Maple Leafs already having two players making more than $11 million, it may not be such a surprise to see Marner find a new home this offseason.