Elliotte Friedman reveals when we can expect a Mitch Marner decision

Mike Armenti
May 22, 2024  (12:27)

Elliotte Friedman
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Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman discussed the Mitch Marner chatter on his most recent edition of 32 Thoughts, revealing what he feels will happen with the Leafs star.

Marner has taken a lot of heat since the Maple Leafs lost to the Boston Bruins in the 1st round of the playoffs, with many fans and media members calling for changes to be made in Toronto.
Marner had just 3 points in the 7-game series, a far cry from what they needed from one of the highest-paid players on the team. Since the series came to an end, nearly everyone is expecting Marner to be traded, and some reports had even surfaced suggesting that Marner himself might be ready to move on.
On Wednesday, Friedman revealed his theory on what the next steps with Marner are. Unsurprisingly, Friedman suggested that until the two sides speak and come up with the early parameters of what a contract extension might look like, nobody really knows, despite all of the ongoing chatter.
"I don't think anything is going to happen until the Leafs and [Marner] sit down and talk and understand what the contract asks and proposals are going to be. Then we'll see where we really are.

If the Marner camp thinks the Leafs come with something outrageous or the Leafs think the Marner camp comes with something outrageous, then all bets are off."

It's nothing if not logical to assume that these talks will occur sooner than later. With the draft now just over 5 weeks away, if the Marner camp and the Maple Leafs can't see eye-to-eye on what a new deal looks like, or if Marner himself is ready for a change, 5 weeks doesn't seem like a whole lot of time to put the feelers out there and try to strike a deal for one of the most productive and creative wingers in the game. I doubt that either side will want to delay.
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Elliotte Friedman reveals when we can expect a Mitch Marner decision

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