Donedeal: Toronto Maple Leafs has sign a $58million star on a blockbuster deal

Donedeal: Toronto Maple Leafs has sign a $58million star on a blockbuster deal

Arguably the most discussed topic of the NHL summer has been Mitch Marner’s future, the star forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With only one season remaining on his deal before becoming a free agent in the upcoming offseason, Marner has been the focus of nearly every trade rumor since the season concluded.

And while the Maple Leafs would undoubtedly be better off trading Marner than letting him depart for free in a season, Chris Johnston of The Athletic recently said that he thinks a trade is really the least likely outcome in an interview with the “SDPN podcast.”

Naturally, Toronto has the option to re-sign the forward, who is 27 years old and due a raise from his current $10.9 million deal.

In addition to defenseman Jake McCabe and his $2 million salary, the Maple Leafs will have John Tavares and his $11 million cap hit expire in 2025. The team may potentially trade away players (such as David Kampf or Calle Jarnkrok) in order to raise the necessary funds for a Marner extension.

Marner has scored 60 points or more in each of his eight seasons since his rookie year in 2016. He has reached the 90-point threshold three times, including twice in the last three years, and scored 30 goals or more twice.

Marner, who has led the team in scoring three of the previous five seasons, finished third on the Maple Leafs in points (85) and fourth in goals (26).

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