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Mats last won the day on November 5 2017

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  1. Spelling wasn't my favourite subject:)
  2. Yes Ryan, Marner would work just as hard for an other team that drafted him. BUT would he bolt that team to play for his hometown team that he idolized as a child if he had the opportunity and the paycheck to go with it? Traveres came to Toronto because he had the chance to come here to (hopefully) win a cup in his home town.. Maybe Matthews adopts Toronto and Canada and never wants to leave but I think he would go to play for his hometown team if the money and opportunity were there to do so. Matthews left the USA for Switzerland because he wanted to play in a men's league and that was the only way he could do so. AND why not see a beautiful country while playing the game you love.
  3. Gibby, I didn't quite write that comment as I had intended. I was trying to say that Matthews has an attachment to the USA and if a free agent would probably bolt there if given the opportunity. He is here because he was drafted here not because he picked Toronto. BTW, My user name is my name:)
  4. Dubas knows he needs the right deal here. He needs length of contract and doable fair numbers so unless Marner wants out that is what is going to happen. There is no evil in this this is strictly business. We will see who blinks first.
  5. I sense your frustration. However this is business. Marner is blue blooded but I also think the Leafs are using that to their advantage. Matthews gets a sweet heart deal because he really couldn't care less about the Leafs. He will bolt when he is a UFA. I say be patient and wait. He will look at all his options and sign with the Leafs. Lets not get too angry with him as he is only taking care of business. My prediction is he ends up signing with the Leafs long term but it is going to take time. I do not expect an offer sheet
  6. I will drink to that deal:)
  7. Lou is the master of a secret......no rumour would make it out with him. Slow hockey news day so lets pass a rumour started by a reporter.
  8. Complicating all this is the longer he drags this on, the worse it is for the Leafs as their hands are tied. If he wants to stay work on a deal that works. BTW, $10M x 8 years is guaranteed. So at what twenty years old, invested wisely and using all the deferred income tax advantages out there, he will be a multi millionaire for life. If he signs short term and suffers a concussion or two and his career ends, he is not as well off. Everyone talks about the advantage of signing a short term deal for an even bigger payout later but that works both ways.
  9. If you list the best players currently in the NHL Marner would not crack top ten maybe not even top twenty. Marner is my favourite player but I can take off my Leafs bias and see reality. On the Leafs, I would rate him a close third with both Travares and Matthews slightly ahead of him. So if the Leafs have offered 10 for 8, that is fair money. Two years from now he COULD be top 10 or with the next crop of good players he COULD fall farther down the list. But he is signing the contract now not then.
  10. I might love it if my children had wonderful pay cheques.....maybe even really large ones but that doesn't mean that my wishes are reality. The fact of the matter is that Marner is a good winger but that doesn't mean he is going to get the biggest salary in the NHL. He has the potential to be an elite player but I would not classify him that yet. BTW, I want my children and grand children to be happy and happiness doesn't usually totally come from the size of their bank account:) If Mitch wants to play for another team, go for it. if not be a man and hunker down and make a deal. Dragging this on hurts your team and indirectly yourself. Make a decision and act on it.
  11. Alex, I agree Marner is a good player but a top player...….well I am not quite ready to say that. He is upper deck but I believe there is a level above him yet. That said, I also think Matthews got a bit more than he deserved as well. Both have not proven enough to attain the top money except in TO. I hope someone offer sheets him and then we will know if he stays or if he goes.
  12. The more he sits and waits the more open I am to trading or allowing him to walk and he is my favourite player. Come on, do you want to play here or not? If you do hunker down and get a deal done. If not move on. I have a distinct feeling his agent is a jack ass and he is just looking at what is best for his commission because Mitch has always bled blue. 9.5M for eight and sign it already.
  13. Ceci not going to arbitration...….one year deal at $4.5m