TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger said Monday that barring a change in his contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he believes Mitch Marner is planning to fly to Switzerland later this month to train with the Zurich Lions.
Dreger told First Up on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto that Marner and fellow restricted free agent Matthew Tkachuk
may skate at the OHL's London Knights facility this week, but the Maple Leafs winger will likely head overseas if he's unsigned through next week.
"If Toronto and the Marner camp can't come to terms before the start of the regular season or training camp, and training camp as we know is looming this week, then he's got to decide, is he going over to Europe and he is going to continue to skate in Zurich, Switzerland?" Dreger said.
"And unless something changes, and a lot can change very quickly as I keep suggesting here, but unless something changes, I believe his plan is to go to Switzerland maybe the third week of this month.”
“Unless something changes, I believe his plan is to go to Switzerland in the 3rd week of this month” @DarrenDreger tells @heylandsberg and @dfeschuk the latest on Mitch Marner's contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs. ??????@TSNHockey @TSN1050Radio pic.twitter.com/Q6NXPY11PB— First Up (@FirstUp1050) September 9, 2019
The Lions confirmed in August that Marner's camp had reached out to the team about skating there should he remain unsigned.