Good morning fans of t he Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club and assorted others!
Let me just say one thing: ARRRRRRRUUUUUGGGGHHHH!
I was off work for ONE DAY and Leafs twitter made me crazy. Two items that will never seem to go away - Mitchell Marner and his contract and who will be the Maple Leafs captain.
“Unless something changes, I believe his plan is to go to Switzerland in the 3rd week of this month” @DarrenDreger tells @heylandsberg and @dfeschuk the latest on Mitch Marner's contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs. ✈️🇨🇭@TSNHockey @TSN1050Radio pic.twitter.com/Q6NXPY11PB— First Up (@FirstUp1050) September 9, 2019
Dreger also wants the Leafs to start their negotiating at 3yrs x $11m.
The Blue Jackets gave their star RFA a three year bridge deal, but the AAV is $5 million. Katya looked at that in more detail in the link below.
Hey, Mitchy, go ahead and play in Switzerland if that’s what you really want. I’m sure they’ll be able to give you the $11 million your father agent Dreger was talking about on the radio today. Whatever, I don’t care anymore.
So, about the Leafs captaincy....
Tavares acknowledges he's in the mix to be named Leaf captain, but plays up Rielly, Matthews, Marner, too, plus leadership group of "Muzz, Hymie and Spez". "Does (a 'C') make the difference between winning and losing? No, it’s about team that goes out there and works as a unit."— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) September 9, 2019
I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!! pic.twitter.com/rFOxsXTpGd— Laura Duarte (@duarteelauraa) September 9, 2019
Someone took the time to fake a picture of Matthews doing a photo shoot wearing the C on his jersey. How am I so confident this is fake? Well....
1 - Why is he in a tent?
2 - Photo shoot day is the day before camp opens (September 12th) at the Mastercard Centre and they don’t do them in tents, they do it on the practice ice.
3 - The Maple Leafs kept the number retirement ceremony such a secret they couldn’t convince Mats Sundin to come to Toronto for opening night that year. There’s no way this would have been leaked.
4 - Matthews and Morgan Rielly were photographed with Adam Sandler today and Matthews has no beard. He hasn’t for a while.
Besides, Morgan Rielly should be captain.
The Maple Leafs prospects played the Red Wings prospects and man, defender Nicholas Robertson is really good at scoring goals...
Robertson nearly scores in the slot.— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) September 9, 2019
He then actually scores 13 seconds later pic.twitter.com/hmnQY9OxfW
Kevin has more GIFs so go check out his Twitter feed, I’m not going to make a whole article of embedded tweets.
Travis Dermott had a serious discussion about next season.
Here’s more stuff for you to click on.
Katya has a new depth chart for you all:
Mackinaw Stats looks into the Leafs expected goals for this season
Speaking of captains...
It’s never too early to prep for the draft!
The Growlers are prepping for the Leafs arrival on the rock.
a work of art 🖼— Newfoundland Growlers (@NLGrowlers) September 9, 2019
Who's ready for Training Camp? pic.twitter.com/cfHerlkyAs
Enjoy your Tuesday everyone!