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Leafs dismiss Marchand’s $12M AAV tweet about Marner

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TSN Toronto reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on the Maple Leaf who practised at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Tuesday.

Mitch Marner would prefer not to talk about his contractual status in the media, but because of Brad Marchand the topic was front and centre after Tuesday’s practice. Earlier in the day, the pesky Boston Bruins winger responded to a couple tweets by the NHL public relations account detailing Marner’s latest exploits.

“I cant wait to see this kids new deal," Marchand wrote on the social media website, "12m AAV?? It better be #Marnerwatch."

Mitch Marner became the first @MapleLeafs player to reach the 80-point mark in a season since Phil Kessel did so in 2013-14 (37-43—80 in 82 GP). #NHLStats #TORvsCGY pic.twitter.com/d5UWdx9Vdp

Marner, who hasn’t faced any contract questions since his agent Darren Ferris made waves in the wake of the Auston Matthews extension, was amused to see your humble correspondent with the tweet on his phone as the media session opened.

"You're reading the tweet, eh?" the 21-year-old said. "You full blown have the tweet up and reading it."

Marchand set the bait and, yes, some reporters couldn't help but take it. Marner stuck to the script as much as possible.

"Yeah, it’s cool," he said of the tweet. "You know, not really focused on it too much. I've said it before, that’s why you have an agent, let him and (GM) Kyle (Dubas) talk about that stuff."

Marner said he hasn't met Marchand outside of on the ice in a game. So, is there any frustration that Marchand would weigh in on his business?

"No, I mean, like I said, it's cool, but, at the same time, I'm not really worrying about it too much, not looking into it too much."

Matthews, meanwhile, insisted he had not seen the tweet. After hearing the details he smiled.

"You must’ve loved that tweet, Mark," he said with a grin. "My goodness."

Matthews has endured his share of contract-related questions this season.

"I don’t know what you want me to say … As far as the tweet, I mean, it's pretty funny. I’m sure, like you said, kind of half and half there with stirring the pot and a lot of truth behind it."

Usually public enemy No. 1 on the ice, Brad Marchand now appears to be trolling the Leafs on social media after the Bruins rival commented on an NHL tweet about Mitch Marner. That's Hockey gives its thoughts on........