Well, this feels different, doesn’t it? Especially given what the past six months have brought forth.
Fresh off a summer in which countless “reports” of the contract demands of one Mitch Marner blacked out the sky and snuffed out the sun, being treated to what is an otherwise level-headed breakdown of the situation is like a breath of fresh air.
I didn’t even know such a feat was allowed, quite frankly. Isn’t the directive at the moment for everyone to hammer home why their beloved Mitch should pull in around $11 million per year, therein guaranteeing themselves a spot on a certain hockey parent’s Christmas card list?
If it is (and it certainly appears that way), Chris Johnston has not gotten the memo.
During an appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan earlier this morning, Johnston was asked about whether Marner is facing pressure now to spin his negotiation as a win, given how the other young Leaf stars seemingly did the same with their own deals. It’s an entirely justified question at this point in the saga — one that, when posed to a different branch of Toronto’s media cohort, might have elicited a more inflammatory answer.
Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation