You won't hear this one publicly, but I am told the Leafs have internally set an "end of July" deadline to come to terms with Mitch Marner...
"After last year's holdout and all Kyle did to open up space we need to know this player is with us, and if he is not we need to do a whole lot to fill some even wider needs," a source close to the Leafs situation informed me this morning, "We feel we've done a lot here to show our desire to have Mitch a Leaf for life, but everyone hates not having any control."
I texted back, "Any progress towards a deal?"
His response, "Hard to tell. We have put out various scenarios, and we need to know which they want, shorter, longer, etc. Once we know, yes a deal can get done very quickly."
"Expect big news in the next 24 hours."
I am digging...
Salary Arbitration Dates Via the NHLPA