Mitchell Marner was a restricted free agent and the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted to give him a contract before the season started. Marner received a six-year deal worth $65 million on Friday.
Toronto is the only team in the NHL that has at least three players being paid at least $10 million per season.
Auston Matthews is getting $11.364 million per season and John Tavares is getting $11 million per season.
He was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. The Maple Leafs have a solid core and they are hoping they win it all for the first time since 1966-1967 this season.
In 82 games played last season, Mitchell Marner scored 26 goals and recorded 68 assists. His plus/minus was 22. In 241 career games, he has scored 67 goals and recorded 157 assists. Marner’s plus/minus is 21.
He should have been an All-Star last season. General Manager Kyle Dubas was not going to let another player wait for a contract this time around.
He had to deal with William Nylander not getting a contract last season and he signed a deal last December.
This was a very good contract for Mitchell Marner. He is very good at passing the puck and Marner is also a solid skater. It will be interesting to see how good he will be for the next six years.