Mitch Marner has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ending the dream of the New York Islanders landing the prized winger.
The deal he signed was for six-years worth $65.358 million. That’s a $10.893 million AAV. Yes, the deal is lower than $11 million a year. After all of this back and forth, Mitch Marner has a lower value than $11 million.
So sorry if you had any dreams of the Islanders swooping in for Marner at the last-minute.
Dream is Over
It’s incredible to think that it took this long to get a deal done for Marner and that it falls short of the $11 million AAV. After all, we heard throughout the summer.
We heard constant rumblings that an offer sheet could be made for Marner.
We heard how Marner was comparable to Auston Matthews and would demand the same price tag as the Leafs star center.
Then we got the threat of the Leafs fifth overall pick in 2015 going to play in Switzerland with the Zurich Lions.
We also had the Leafs buy a ton of LTIR space over the summer so they could prepare for an offer sheet.
And just earlier this week we heard that the Leafs offered him a seven to an eight-year deal but because the deal had a lower AAV and longer-term than Matthews Marner said no.
All of that drama and he signs a deal for longer than Matthews and for less money than Matthews. What was all the drama for?
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With a $10.893 million AAV Marner is now the second-highest-paid winger (based on AAV) after New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin. If Mathew Barzal has another point-per-game year, the Islanders are looking at similar money.