Is it still a bridge if it only gets one side where it wants to go?
Yes, Jon. Those are called one way bridges, and you take one to work every day and one home every night. That being said, those aren’t particularly efficient bridges and leave people on one side wanting a hell of a lot more.
Enter the proposed Marner bridge deal that was floated by Bob McKenzie after the Zach Werenski signing:
So to clean that up a little based on estimated average annual values and salaries…
So Bob basically summed up the fact that this essentially puts Marner into unrestricted free agency a year early, as the Leafs will either be at the point where they are going to either
A) Match and try to move Marner to an interested party before arbitration
B) Not match the contract and Marner goes to unrestricted free agency
C) Go with club elected arbitration that would allow them to negotiate lower, but risk alienating Marner in the process
D) Negotiate a contract with less leverage than they have now.
Pretty much all of these scenarios are where the Leafs are today or …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation