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Wednesday’s FTB: Auston Matthews is done; Mitch Marner is next

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The easy one is done. Now, the difficult contract.

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Hurray!

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed the cornerstone of their new era of winning to a five year contract extension yesterday; a little piece of news you may have heard.

Now that William Nylander and Auston Matthews are signed, that leaves one player left to listen to months and months of public negotiations about: Mitchell Marner.

What’s that you say? Didn’t Marner’s agent say he isn’t going to negotiate during the season?

He did, but then he quickly changed his mind:

Read the full story here:

This is interesting, because when the evil, greedy, horrible, William Nylander was negotiating no one in his camp went public. Mitch Marner - good old Ontario boy, blessed Leafs fan, not evil Swede - now has his agent throwing temper tantrums in the newspaper and his batshit crazy dad running around to The Athletic and TSN asking questions like “WHY ISN’T MY SON CAPTAIN YET?”.

I can’t wait for Marner to go unsigned into next season.

Moving on.

The Maple Leafs tweeted out a picture of the contract being signed:

They blanked out the writing after the Bracco signing picture had people playing detective on the upside down papers. Of course this lead to shenanigans.

Lost in the Matthews talk was Katya’s look back at the February trades:

A look ahead at the playoffs from a long time Leafs fan:

A summary of the Kyle Dubas press conference:

Bad news for the Canucks:

Oh no. The Sabres are bad.

Disagree. Mess it up.

Finally, the Kootenay Ice is leaving BC for Winnipeg. Now we can see if a town with nothing else to do can support an NHL, AHL, and WHL team.

FYI the closest team is 2.5 hours away. The second closest team is 6 hours away.

I give it 6 years.

Enjoy your day!