I’m not sure what dirt Mitch Marner’s camp has on Darren Dreger, but the TSN Insider was out doing his public relations rounds on behalf of the Leafs’ restricted free agent this morning. Dreger appeared on First Up on TSN 1050 and suggested that Marner (or one of the other major RFAs this summer) could warrant a contract as big as $13 or $14 million annually.
This offer sheet talk is getting way out of hand. $13-14,000,000 x 5?!? One of these guys is going to be made the highest paid player of all time, and a team is going to give up four firsts to do so? pic.twitter.com/vSO1HkY4Ac
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) June 25, 2019
First of all, this annual cap hit would place Marner (or any of those other guys like Matt Tkachuk, Mikko Rantanen, or Brayden Point) as the player with the biggest cap hit in the league. It would give them an annual salary higher than Connor McDavid’s increasingly-modest looking $12.5 million figure.
Beyond that, the five-year thing is baffling to me. Why on earth would a team give up four first-round picks for the luxury of signing a guy to the largest single-season cap …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation