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Maple Leafs having trouble signing free agents due to Mitch Marner's situation


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Samer Dagher
July 3, 2024  (8:31 PM)
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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are dealing with a growing issue involving Mitch Marner, which is now affecting their ability to sign top free agents.

On the first day of NHL free agency, the Maple Leafs made some solid moves. However, they've struggled to make bigger acquisitions since then. According to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, the ongoing situation with Mitch Marner is a key reason for this.
"It's funny because one player told me that there are some players who have watched from outside what's gone on with this whole Marner thing over the last month or two and they're like 'I want no part of that, like I don't want anything to do with that.'

It takes a special person [to play in Toronto]. But I think there were some players like 'Nope, that's not going to be me.'"

Playing in Toronto has long been known to be challenging due to constant media scrutiny. The 24/7 discussion about Marner has likely made free agents wary.
With the new season just a few months away, the last thing the Maple Leafs want is ongoing drama. Whether they trade Marner, extend his contract, or announce he will move on as a free agent in 2025, the fans and potential players need clarity.
Source: hockeypatrol
Free Agents wary of signing in Toronto due to Mitch Marner situation
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Maple Leafs having trouble signing free agents due to Mitch Marner's situation

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs solve the Mitch Marner situation via trade this off-season?

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