Maple Leafs, Kasperi Kapanen getting closer on contract extension

Elliotte Friedman joined Starting Lineup to discuss contract talks between Mitch Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs and how both sides are currently on uneven ground.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are closing in on a contract extension with winger Kasperi Kapanen, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Kapanen, 22, was due to become a restricted free agent this summer after coming off an entry-level contract. He scored 20 goals and 24 assists in 78 games last season for the Maple Leafs, who were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Boston Bruins.

In seven games during the post-season, Kapanen had one goal and one assist.

Toronto still has pending-restricted-free-agents Mitch Marner and Andreas Johnsson left to sign.

More to come.

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