The Leafs are waiting to name Matthews captain because it might disrupt Marner negotiations

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. The negotiations between Marner and the Leafs are still at a point where the sides are not close, and the insistence from Marner’s agent that he is paid as much as Auston Matthews is causing the Leafs to delay naming their captain, according to multiple reports.
Making the radio rounds this morning, James Mirtle of The Athletic checked in to TSN1050 to say as much when asked about whether or not the Leafs will put the ‘C’ on someone’s jersey before opening night.
I think they’re going to name Auston Matthews captain. I wonder if (with) the Marner situation, if they’re worried about the optics of that or not. That’s the only hang-up. If that wasn’t going on I’d say they would name Auston Matthews captain.
And that more or less backs up what Sportsnet insider Chris Johnston relayed last night when asked the same thing.
I believe it’s Auston Matthews… but I think the timing of that is tricky, especially with Marner’s situation unresolved. Do they want to make that announcement before Mitch Marner signs? That might complicate some of the discussions being had …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation