After months worth of back and forth squabbling, the NHL's signature 2019 free agency saga has finally come to an end.
On Friday, Mitch Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly reached a six-year contract extension worth than $65 million, bringing an end to saga that has dragged out much longer than most pundits previously thought.
The deal will career a salary cap hit and average annual value of just under $11 million, giving the 22-year-old the second-highest AAV for a winger in the league. He's behind only Artemi Panarin, who signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal with the Rangers back in July.
It's a luxury Marner absolutely deserves after a BIG campaign in which he posted career-highs in goals (26), assists (68) to finish with 94 points.
More importantly, however, Marner established an excellent chemistry with John Tavares, and Leafs fans should be licking their chops at the sheer dominance the duo could personify in 2019/2020 and beyond.