The controversy in the negotiation process came from Marner's group ignoring what other wingers made in the league, but rather focusing on the contract that Matthews got from the Leafs earlier this year. The leading scorer for Toronto is making $11.634 million per season, and Marner wanted a similar deal, which he ended up getting. He was a restricted free agent, and the likes of Brayden Point, Matthew Tkachuk, and Mikko Rantanen were waiting to see what Marner got, allowing him to set the tone for their restricted free agent contracts.
Marner is from Toronto and was drafted fourth overall by the Leafs in 2015, and over three NHL seasons, he has totaled 67 goals and 157 assists, giving him 224 points in that time, which is 22nd in the NHL. He led the team with 94 points this past season, scoring 26 goals with 68 assists, leading the high-powered offense to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although, they were eliminated in the first round against the Boston Bruins in seven games. Despite that, Toronto has officially locked in their top three threats to stay competitive in the Atlantic Division.