February 5, 2019 | 4:52pm ET
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MARNER WILL CONTINUE TO WAIT BEFORE NEGOTIATING NEW DEAL

 
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Mitch Marner, right wing

 

With Auston Matthews locked up to a new five-year contract, the Toronto Maple Leafs can rest easy knowing their top superstar isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Next up is Mitch Marner, but talks will remain on the backburner until the end of the Leafs’ season.

Marner’s agent, Darren Ferris, confirmed to TFP that their “position has not changed. Mitch will wait until the end of the season.”

Marner, 21, is in the final-year of his entry-level contract and can become a restricted free agent July 1. It has been widely speculated that a number of Leafs will try to sign Marner to an offer sheet if he hits the open market, but that does not appear to be a concern for either side.

“We’re respecting their wishes,” Leafs GM Kyle Dubas said. “When they’re ready to sit down, we’ll talk. He’s going to be a Toronto Maple Leaf for a long time, regardless of how we have to come to that.”

Marner is expected to push for a contract worth around $11.5 million, per season, on a new deal, while the Leafs may look to get him locked up to a deal worth closer to $9.5 million annually.

[David Pagnotta touches on Marner’s next contract here]

In 52 games with the Leafs so far this season, Marner has registered 20 goals and 43 assists for 63 points and is on pace for 100 points on the year.