Jul 31, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LoganOllivier</b></div><div>And? He's still going to have to take market fair deals down the road or go somewhere else. That's the end of the story, sure someone might pay him 15 million in 4 years when he's RFA, but teams that will be willing to pay that kind of price will be desperate teams out of the playoff picture. So what do you want Marner, to play for a great team or be teh star in a smaller market that is rebuilding and willing to throw way too much money at you.</div></div>
Lot of assumptions lol. Who says only rebuilding teams could afford him in 5 years, who says Toronto would be that great (Tavares won't be the same player, potentially losing players like Matthews, Nylander, Marner, Johnsson etc to free agency). Toronto would need a lot of cap space for just Matthews and Marner in 5 years.
All we know right now is: Toronto doesn't want Marner to expire in the same period as Matthews and Nylander. Signing him to a 3 year deal would hurt Toronto, even if the AAV is below 9M, because it puts Marner in the driver seat. He could force himself to an UFA status in the same span as Matthews etc. Toronto wants to avoid a scenario like that, so signing him to a 3 year deal wouldn't help. That's all I'm saying.