Marner's contract extension is the Leafs' "priority one" going forward, says Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas. In the Leafs' season-ending news conference, Dubas was honest and took responsibility for the team's ouster in the postseason. He also acknowledged that he waited too long to start contract negotiations with free agents last year. He won't make that mistake again. Marner is a leader on and off the ice, and has shown he is a star in three short years in the NHL. Dubas wants him signed before July 1, thus eliminating any offer sheets for the restricted free agent. Marner has made no secret that he wants to play in Toronto, so this will get done. It just comes down to the almighty dollar.
Marner posted an assist in Monday's 3-2 win over Boston in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. The slick forward was credited with the secondary assist on Auston Matthews' power-play marker, part of a five-goal second period. In addition to the assist, Marner had a huge block at the end of regulation, preventing a hard shot off the stick of David Pastrnak from getting to the net as time expired. Marner now has three points this postseason, in as many games.
Marner scored a pair of goals -- one coming on a penalty shot -- in Thursday's 4-1 Game 1 victory over Boston. Marner drew the game's only penalty shot with Toronto down a man, and the Maple Leafs forward didn't let it go to waste, undressing Tuukka Rask with a deke before depositing the puck in an open net to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Toronto would add two more goals and take Game 1 in convincing fashion. Considering Marner averaged more than a point a game against Boston during the regular season, putting up five points in four games, the shifty forward is likely to find the scoresheet often in this series. Game 2 comes Saturday.
Marner picked up three assists, including one on the power play, in Monday's 7-5 win over the Panthers. The 21-year-old has absolutely exploded in his third NHL season. Marner now has 25 goals and 90 points, both career highs, and his partnership with John Tavares has both players on fire heading into the playoffs, with Marner racking up four goals and 19 points in the last 14 games.
Marner dished out two assists, one on the power play, in 20:06 of ice time in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Chicago. Marner was able to get back in the point column after he failed to do so the past two games. The 21-year-old has been on a tear this season, racking up 84 points in 70 games. Continue to ride the hot hand in all fantasy formats as Marner creeps closer to the 100-point mark.
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