Maple Leafs agree to 6-year contract with Mitch Marner: report

Contract with restricted free agent reportedly has average annual value just shy of US$11 million

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner (16) and Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) laugh after Marner scored a goal against the Florida Panthers and fans threw hats onto the ice during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on December 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Restricted free-agent forward Mitch Marner appears ready to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs on opening night.

Marner and the Maple Leafs reportedly agreed on a new contract on Friday.

Multiple reports suggest the deal is for six years with an average annual value just shy of US$11 million.

The Leafs had yet to confirm the new contract.

Marner was a no-show for a team golf event on Wednesday and didn’t accompany the group to Newfoundland on Thursday for the start of training camp as his representatives continued to negotiate terms of a new deal with Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas.

The winger from Markham, Ont., led the Leafs with career-highs in points (94) and assists (68) in 2018-19, and also set a new personal best with 26 goals. He played most of the season on a line with John Tavares, who set career-highs of his own with 47 goals and 88 points.

The fourth pick in the 2015 NHL draft, Marner’s previous high for points was the 69 he put up in 2017-18.

Marner’s contract has dominated the hockey conversation in Toronto and across the league this summer as the 22-year-old headlined an impressive class of still-unsigned restricted free agents.

The Leafs open the 2019-20 NHL season on Oct. 2 at home against the Ottawa Senators.

The Canadian Press

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