Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner
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Mitch Marner reveals what's next for him and the Toronto Maple Leafs

Published May 6, 2024 at 3:22 PM

Mitch Marner spoke to the media about his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs during his post-season availability.

After his notable absence following the disappointing Game 7 loss, Marner shared his feelings, expressing that the pain of defeat remains difficult to bear.

"It's the same shitty pain, to be honest."

In discussing his role as a Maple Leaf, Marner's statement raised eyebrows as he likened himself and his teammates to revered figures, describing the team as being seen almost as gods by fans.

"Here's the quote from Marner about what it means to be a Leaf "It means the world. Obviously, we're looked upon as kind of gods here, to be honest, and (it's) something that you really appreciate...and the love that you get here from this fan base and it's unlike any other."

Regarding his contract extension, Marner expressed his desire to remain in Toronto for the long term, citing his love for the city where he grew up. He emphasized that negotiating a new deal will now be a focus for him.

"Mitch Marner on his desire to stay in Toronto on a long-term extension: "That'd be a goal. I've expressed my love for this place, this city. Obviously I've grown up here. We'll start thinking about that now and trying to figure something out."

Despite rumors swirling about his potential departure from Toronto, Marner's declaration of loyalty to the team could sway negotiations. However, given the hefty contracts of other key players like Matthews and Nylander, navigating the salary cap will undoubtedly pose a challenge for the Maple Leafs' management.

As for whether Marner will ultimately sign a contract extension with the Maple Leafs this summer, only time will tell.

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