Jul 10, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Breadmanhawks</b></div><div>Kane and Toews have 1 Hart, 1 Art Ross, 1 Lindsay, 1 Selke, 2 Conn Smythes, 3 Cups and a combined 26 years of experience. They also bring in a lot of money via their name/repuation outside of their ability to play hockey at a high level.
If the kids ask for that kind of money, all the Hawks have to do is explain that to them.
But when Marner is their age (more or less) and is making 11M, it inflates salaries</div></div>
First off, the kids aren't dumb, they are very well aware that their own GM did not hand out Marner's contract. How many of the Hawks young players were 90 point producers before getting their first non-ELC contract?
They also don't have a leg to stand on being RFAs. If they desperately want that kind of money, sign an offer sheet (if available) and force your GM to make a choice.
Lastly, Marner's contract isn't inflating anyone's salary, McDavid did that when Edmonton offered him the moon and stars.