The Toronto Maple Leafs ongoing negotiations with Mitch Marner continue to go nowhere with speculation continues to reach frustrating levels.
With training camp less than a week away, the Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping to have Mitch Marner join them when they fly out to St. John’s but considering how negotiations are going, that’s becoming less likely.
On the latest edition of the Tip of the Tower Podcast, we discuss the latest reports involving Marner, some of the questionable takes from the off-season and whether there is any hope of for a peaceful resolution.
Here is a summary of what to look for on the latest episode, which you can also listen to below or download here.
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To start the podcast, David, Jake and Austin shake off some rust from their summer break and of course, the topic on everyone’s mind in Toronto is Marner. They go through what has happened since they last recorded including Marner threatening to go to Zurich, Auston Matthews apparently leaving in five years and other big takes.
While everyone is obsessing over Marner, Jake points out how other teams are in similar or worse positions with their RFAs like Boston, Winnipeg and Calgary. He also doesn’t see any of these players signing a long-term deal after Matthews signed for five years.
What will it take for things to change when it comes to these negotiations? Jake believes it will take a player sitting out for the season but it’s tough to see who will do that.
Matthews’ future became a topic of discussion for no apparent reason and it’s a typical Toronto thing to do to worry about something that shouldn’t be a concern considering there are bigger issues right now.
How much can revenues and the salary go up? A lot will have to change going forward especially when it comes to which teams make the playoffs and their marketing strategy should change.
Austin brings up the John Tavares article from the Toronto Star that makes it seem like he is not capable of being successful without Marner which makes no sense considering he had a bigger impact on his linemates.
David discusses why it has become increasingly frustrating to see the comments about the Leafs over the summer considering the position the organization was in a couple of seasons ago, heck, for the past decade.
They conclude the podcast by giving their best and worst-case scenario for Marner and what they hope to see ahead of training camp.