NHL free agency: Complete list of signings, best players availableThe 22-year-old winger was a force for the Leafs last season, leading the way with 94 points (26 goals, 68 assists). He’s been a consistent 60-plus point player over his three seasons in the NHL, and thanks to his speed, hockey IQ and creative style, he’s likely to continue to improve as he gets older. Given his performance, he’s expected to get a pay raise to anywhere upwards of $8 million per year. Many teams have spoken w Marner’s agent about a possible offer sheet, and, yes, CBJ are among them. But I see no indication Marner wants to leave TML. Also, #CBJ convinced Leafs would/could match any offer sheet, perhaps by trading Nylander.See where the summer goes. https://t.co/gcn092r1dm— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 12, 2019Columbus hasn’t had the strongest offseason, seeing the departure of not only star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, but mainly losing a lot of forward depth; star winger Artemi Panarin left for the New York Rangers to kick off free agency, and midseason acquisitions Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel also found new destinations. While the Blue Jackets added Gustav Nyquist and still have Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois carrying the offense, they still have the need for more depth on the top-6. That’s where Marner could potentially come into play. As restricted free agent Mitch Marner continues contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs, several teams are waiting in the shadows and considering presenting him with an offer sheet. And according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, the Columbus Blue Jackets are one of those clubs. Columbus does have the cap space to make an offer with about $15.75 million to work with. Toronto, on the other hand, is in a salary cap crunch and has just about $3.77 million in space after having addressed other offseason needs thus far. Marner is the Leafs’ only remaining RFA (and he’s not arbitration-eligible).Given the situation, it does seem that some teams can easily make an offer out of Toronto’s ballpark, which could force general manager Kyle Dubas’s hand. He warned that Toronto won’t automatically just match any offer sheet, however, given Marner’s importance to the team and his presence on the top line, losing him wouldn’t help — especially after the departure of Nazem Kadri and Connor Brown.The Blue Jackets wouldn’t necessarily see Marner join their young core and fill the void on offense left by their star forwards, but it could put things in motion and also give them a chance at acquiring a big name via free agency, something they need if they want to return to the playoffs and make a bid for a longer run this time around.
Staying at the crib with it #Signed pic.twitter.com/j2BMSLbYtn— Rak (@RakimJarrett) December 18, 2019MORE: 2020 early signing day trackerJarrett is the No. 2 receiver and No. 20 overall player according to 247Sports. Jarrett previously committed to play at LSU in April. The only receiver ranked higher is Ohio State signee Julian Fleming, the No. 2 overall player in the 2020 class. Mike Locksley scored the biggest recruiting victory of his tenure at Maryland. The Terrapins coach flipped 2020 five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (St. John’s College High School, Washington, D.C.) from LSU during the early signing period Wednesday. Jarrett, a 6-foot, 208-pound receiver, boasts an impressive highlight tape. It’s a big get for Locksley, who’s looking to bounce back after leading Maryland to a 3-9 record in his first season.