SHOULD MARNER GO?
I know Dubas has already made it clear he's staying, but the 34 million dollar 3 player offense really isnt working at all if we lose to a team where all their forwards combined cost 33 mil.
- 1 month agoFavourite answer
Five days after watching what was an embarrassment to the franchise (that game 5 effort), I'm not sure what to do. I'm still disgusted by what I watched.
Marner and his father Paul got the big contract last September, then he admitted that he didn't really show up in game 1 (he wasn't that good in games 2-5), which is inexcusable. Both teams were dealing with the bubble, no fans, and a long layoff. Have to be better. Period.
Matthews was outstanding, Tavares was good, Nylander was good. Their depth forwards were below average. Losing Muzzin was a huge blow (never mind going to Marincin rather than Sandin). Biggest factor was shooting 2.4% at even strength and getting shut out in 2 of 5 games; their goalies posted something like a .960 SPCT which is ridiculous.
I understand Dubas not wanting to throw his players under the bus publicly, but that wasn't close to being good enough. Training wheels are off. They're out of excuses. If there's a deal to be made for Marner I've no drama making it, but selling a dollar for 2 quarters makes no sense. With two assistant coaches gone (McFarland to Kingston, Brewer to getting sacked) it's time to bring in an assistant coach with zero tolerance for bulls***.
- opurtLv 71 month ago
The bigger question might be *can* he go.
A 10M+ cap hit for 5 more years with most of his salary paid in bonuses is going to be very hard to move. The teams with that much cap space available for a single player don't typically have the cash to pay players that way, and the ones that can afford it don't have the cap space.
As an aside, that $34M cap hit actually cost them over $45M this year because of how the contracts were structured.