Battle of Ontario: Maple Leafs win 5-4 against Senators

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After telling Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star that his client was being "lowballed" by the Leafs during negotiations, Ferris has had to do some damage control, telling local radio stations the comments were in reference to summer negotiations.

He was slated to become a restricted free agent this summer, but the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft has agreed to a five-year, $58.17 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs.

And as coach Mike Babcock noted, it could be the last one 86-year-old Bob Cole calls at Toronto's home rink.

"[Rielly] made a great play skating and then got it to me", Hyman said.

"We understand the cap restraints we have and the league and every single team has", Matthews said. "I can't speak for what's to come, but we're happy Auston is here and we can't worry about anything else". He's a great player, he's a big part of this team and plays a lot of minutes.

The irony of Mitch Marner's contract becoming the distraction du jour around the Toronto Maple Leafs is that Marner seems like the last guy who would ever sweat the status of a contract not set to expire for another 145 days yet.

Matthews, who has 97 goals and 81 assists in 182 National Hockey League games, won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best rookie for the 2016-17 campaign and helped Toronto reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his first two seasons. "Just believe in yourself and trust the process. Maybe I'm a little stronger (for that experience)". The addition of Muzzin has fortified the blue line, also helping the Leafs turn the corner and start stringing wins together. "Again, the market will dictate the market at that time and I'm sure there will be continued banter back and forth between us and them".

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"The bottom line is I thought we were really ready to play".

Ferris has tried to backtrack on his comments saying negotiations were ended on a positive note, but it doesn't change his viewpoint and what Marner's might be.

It's the first meeting of the Ontario rivals since October 6, with two more games to come in Ottawa in March.

I wouldn't be surprised if Marner, who's from Markham, Ont., asks for the same amount of money as Matthews, arguing that they've put up very similar point totals since entering the league together in 2016-17, even though Marner has played almost 30 more games than his teammate. I've kind of told both parties that I don't really want to be informed until something's about to happen.

"Those guys are all going to be signed", Babcock said. There will be a timeout tribute for Cole during the game. Either he needs to be more cautious with what he says in the media, or the Marner camp needs to get this deal done sooner rather than later. His voice, you've heard it as a kid.

American players pay income tax in Canada but a provision in the Canada-U.S. income tax treaty allows global players who maintain a permanent residence south of the border to be taxed just 15 per cent on bonuses - much less than their usual Canadian tax rate.

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