The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to get training camp going as it starts on September 13.
While there's plenty of things to get excited about for the 2019-20 season, the main focus is of course on the Mitch Marner situation.
Marner remains an unsigned restricted free agent and is ready to head over to Europe if he's not signed in the next couple of weeks.
With training camps opening across the NHL, insider Elliotte Friedman put together his first "31 Thoughts" blog of the season and touched on the Marner situation.
"It is impossible to write or talk about Marner without offending someone, so here is my attempt at a bias-free take: It’s tense and personal. My belief is Toronto is willing to go to an $11-million AAV, but only if he signs for seven years. I’d heard both sides might agree to two years — then let arbitration sort it out — but a few sources threw cold water on that. I mentioned during a radio hit last week the rumour that Marner’s representatives pitched a three-year contract with a structure similar to the Meier/Werenski setup, with the third season as high as $15 million. However, I’m told that was several months ago and is no longer relevant, although both sides have continued to explore that kind of an option. I don’t sense things are anywhere close."
Do you think the two sides are anywhere close?