Earlier this week Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said he wants to lock up stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner as soon as possible, and now it seems like the wheels are turning with at least one of those player’s agents.
Marner’s agent Darren Ferris met with Dubas in New Jersey ahead of the Maple Leafs’ game against the Devils on Dec. 18, and is expected to be in Toronto for two Maple Leafs home games this weekend, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston on Saturday Headlines.
But Johnston added he doesn’t think Marner wants to sign during the season.
“While I believe the dialogue is positive, I’m still not convinced Mitch Marner wants to do a deal in season,” Johnston said. “I believe he’s still waiting for Auston Matthews but the dialogue has accelerated since Kyle Dubas met the media this week.”
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos added that part of the reason Marner might want to wait until the end of the season to sign an extension is because rival teams could send him an offer sheet.