As the Toronto Maple Leafs keep trying to reach an agreement in their contract discussions with restricted free agent forward Mitch Marner, it has been reported by The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta that at least one team is “very seriously considering presenting Marner with an offer sheet.”
And one hockey insider has decided to be bold enough and reveal who he thinks is behind that very offer sheet.
Mike Kelly of TSN and NHL Network posted on Friday that he believes the New York Islanders and general manager Lou Lamoriello are the ones who will present Marner with an offer sheet shortly.
“The Islanders lost out on Panarin but they aren’t done big-game hunting yet. Offer sheet is a very real possibility and Marner is the most likely target.”
The Islanders were in the mix to try and sign Artemi Panarin, but the coveted free agent chose to take his talents to the Big Apple and the Rangers signed him to seven-year, $81.5 million contract, front-loaded with lucrative bonuses.
The thought of seeing the Isles going after Marner via the offer sheet route makes sense since Lamoriello was the GM in Toronto when the Leafs selected Marner fourth overall in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Some might have thought the Montreal Canadiens would be in the mix after they presented an offer to Carolina Hurricanes RFA Sebastian Aho on Monday. It did not take long for the Canes to announce they would match it. Fans might like to see the Habs go after Marner now..
However, there could be a reunion in Brooklyn above anything else…