The biggest RFA drama of the summer is finally over.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that Mitch Marner has signed a six-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Marner 6 years later TOR. Done
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2019
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Marner will report an AAV of $ 10.893 million for the next six years.
Marner's AAV is 10,893 x 6 years.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 13, 2019
Details of the negotiations between the Leafs and Marner's camps had been slow to come to light in the last few days. According to Dreger, the Leafs had extended an offer of $ 11 million in B-bonuses in June, but pursued a seven- or eight-year term.
The Leafs have consistently insisted on enforcing both a seven- and an eight-year extension at Marner. The offer of $ 11 million per offer was made in June and included the $ 1.6 million in B-bonuses that Toronto Marner would not pay in its initial contract. 3 yr ext remains the focus.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 11, 2019
This was corroborated by Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column, in which he wrote: "I think Toronto is ready for an AAV of 11 million Dollars, but only if he signs for seven years. I had heard that both sides could agree for two years – and then let arbitration decide on it – but a few sources threw cold water on it. During a radio hit last week, I mentioned the rumor that Marner's agents had signed a three-year contract with a similar structure to the Meier / Werenski setup, with the third season totaling $ 15 million. However, I was told that this happened a few months ago and is no longer relevant, although both sides continued to consider such an option. "
Bob McKenzie of TSN stated in his own report that the lower AAV and the longer runtime were the same The aspects that were not tasty for Marner.
TOR has made seven- and eight-year deals in the AAV universe of $ 11 million, but since it's a lower AAV and longer term than Auston Matthews, it was not tasty for Marner.
– Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 11, 2019
Marner had the best season of his career in 2018-19 with 26 goals and 94 points. He was the leading scorer in the Leafs for two consecutive seasons and the eleventh highest in the NHL in the 2018-19 season.
Regardless of whether you believe the contract is an overpayment for Marner or not, Leafs fans must be relieved that the contract is closed just days after the start of the training camp.
Mitch Marner is back at the #MapleLeafs  pic.twitter.com/OJAZqppB8N
– Tim and Sid (@timandsid) September 13, 2019
This story is developing.
Heading photo: @marner.93