Leafs won’t automatically match any offer sheets this summer

Restricted free agents and offer sheets have been one of the big focal points of the upcoming offseason, with Mitch Marner and the Leafs being at the forefront of this topic.
With Marner’s high asking price in his contract negotiations, and the Leafs oncoming cap crunch, the back and forth between the two parties has been well noted, and the threat of an offer sheet is looming, whether it be to Marner himself, or to one of the other RFAs on the Leafs in Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson.
However, the Leafs won’t automatically match any offer sheets that come their way, according to Chris Johnston.

Kyle Dubas says it’s not a foregone conclusion the #leafs would match a Mitch Marner offer sheet. Indicates they’s have to weigh the return — just as they would with fellow RFA’s Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 21, 2019

Considering how this negotiation has been using the media as a primary resource for bargaining, this coming from Dubas makes perfect sense.
On one hand, he might not even mean it, but could be saying it in order to call the Marner camp on their bluff, and hope on the off chance …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

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