In case you some how, some way missed it the Toronto Maple Leafs signed superstar center Auston Matthews to a contract extension worth nearly $60 million over five years earlier this week.
Matthews’ new deal will come with a $11.63 million cap hit, which will make him the team’s highest paid player, just $630,000 north of John Tavares’ $11 million cap hit. Of course, with Mitch Marner still left to sign and with high priced forwards William Nylander and Patrick Marleau also under contract, navigating the NHL’s salary cap could get tricky for Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas.
Here’s the thing though… Marner’s agent Darren Ferris has indicated to the team that his client is unwilling to negotiate until the offseason and that they’re not interested in taking any kind of discount.
“There’s no team friendly discount here,” said Ferris earlier this week when asked how things are progressing. “So far they’ve been trying to lowball. That’s the reason we’ve come to this point,” he added.
For Marner, the only thing that matters is that a deal gets done and he’s not listening to the fans and analysts who say that Leafs management is undervaluing him in negotiations.
Interesting choice of words… especially the part about being in training camp because, of course, we all know what happened with William Nylander and his negotiations. Throwing shade? In any case, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, Mitchy. Sign on the dotted line and let’s put all this contract talk in the past.