Raptors and Blazers fans embracing bond after Norman Powell and Gary Trent Jr. swap

Raptors and Blazers fans embracing bond after Norman Powell and Gary Trent Jr. swap

As hard as it was to stomach for both sides, the Toronto Raptors trading Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood was a move that simply had to be consummated. Portland, looking for a third scorer to take the pressure off of Damian Lillard and CJ […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs sign Marner to 6-year, $65.36-million contract

The wait is over. Both sides have agreed to a contract and everyone can now enjoy the game itself. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Mitch Marner to a six-year contract that will carry a cap hit of $10.893-million.

Marner 6 years in TOR. Done
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2019

AAV 10.893
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2019

Marner will remain on the team he grew up cheering for, for the next six years and most likely beyond. He will be an Unrestricted Free Agent after this contract expires, but the six years buys a total of two of those precious UFA years.
Coming off a year where he led the team in scoring with 94 points, he will be able to try again for the title this upcoming season with a full 82 games.
The winger now has the seventh-highest cap hit among all active NHL players, but the third on the Leafs — with Tavares ($11-million AAV) and Matthews ($11.634-million AAV) coming above Marner.
With this signing, the Leafs will have to maneuver around the cap ceiling in preparation for the season to start on Oct. 2. Because of the trade this summer to acquire the contract of David Clarkson and Nathan Horton already existing on …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation