I’ll try to keep this brief, as Twitter has seemingly beaten this dead horse of a topic for so long it’s since turned into a foul-tasting jerky.
Mitch Marner is planning to meet with other NHL teams this week, the first of his reported rendezvous set to take place as early as tomorrow afternoon. And while Marner may technically still be under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the moment – his rights belonging to them as an RFA – courting outside suitors during a tense negotiation saga is an unimpeachable right afforded to him the CBA of which the youngster should take full advantage.
Frankly, I think most fans would agree with that sentiment. The situation Marner finds himself in right now is entirely foreign to nearly every single keyboard warrior (myself included) weighing in on this perceived stalemate. We’re talking about a 22-year-old kid here, after all – coming off the best individual scoring season from any Leaf since Mats Sundin’s identical 94-point campaign in 1994, and who wants nothing more than to secure his financial future to the greatest possible degree.
Nobody can blame Marner for that. In fact, it’s the smart thing to do.
Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation