The months-long saga is over.
Mitch Marner is staying put, ending his holdout with the Toronto Maple Leafs by signing a new six-year contract. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to break the news:
Marner 6 years in TOR. Done
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2019
Though he missed just one day of on-ice sessions at training camp, Marner’s contract negotiations have dominated sports news in Toronto all summer, and had potential to become a distraction for the team. But unlike the William Nylander negotiations last year, this stalemate will not drag into the season.
Marner’s average annual salary will be $10.893 million, which puts him behind both Auston Matthews ($11.6 million) and John Tavares ($11 million) on the Leafs’ payroll. Marner will have the seventh-highest cap hit in the league next season, behind teammates Matthews and Tavares, as well as Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin, Erik Karlsson, and Drew Doughty.
Of the top 7 cap hits in the NHL, 3 of them belong to Toronto Maple #Leafs players:
1. McDavid (EDM) $12.5M
2. Panarin (NYR) $11.643M
3. Matthews (TOR) $11.634M
4. Karlsson (SJS) $11.5M
5. Doughty (LAK) $11M
6. Tavares (TOR) $11M
7. Marner (TOR) $10.893Mhttps://t.co/EIyY9EQVXh
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 13, 2019
The Markham, Ontario native scored a career high in goals (26), assists (68), and points (94) last season, leading the Leafs in scoring for a second straight year.