TORONTO — Restricted free agent forward Mitch Marner has agreed to stay with the Maple Leafs for a six-year contract with an average annual value of $10.893 million, the team announced Friday.
“I’m exactly where I want to be, in front of the greatest hockey fans in the world, proudly continuing the tradition with the @MapleLeafs,” Marner, at 22 one of the league’s top young players, wrote on Twitter. “See you soon."
With roughly a dozen prominent restricted free agents unsigned as training camps open this week — among them the Lightning’s Brayden Point — Marner was considered the big piece that had to fall for other negotiations to pick up.
Marner’s annual base salary will range from $700,000 to $750,000, with the bulk of each amount coming as a signing bonus, the salary website PuckPedia said.
Marner didn’t accompany the Leafs to Newfoundland on Thursday for the start of training camp as his representatives continued to negotiate with general manager Kyle Dubas.
Marner led the Maple Leafs last season with career highs in points (94), goals (26) and assists (68) in 82 games.
In 241 career regular-season games, he has 224 points (67 goals), and he has 17 points (five goals) in 20 career playoff games.
Marner was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the first round (fourth overall) in 2015.