Insider Reveals Mitch Marner's Plans for next Summer

Matt Garland
July 9, 2024  (2:45 PM)

Marner looking more likely to stay but will he walk next summer?
Photo credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs playmaker Mitch Marner is looking likely to remain in the blue and white when the regular season rolls around in October despite the majority of Leafs Nation clamoring for change within the "Core 4." Marner has the final say with his full no-movement clause in the contract, which will walk him to free agency next summer if a new deal isn't agreed upon before then. It may not be a great sight seeing the franchise run it back again with the same core but will hurt even more is having Marner walk away for nothing, which is a growing possibility according to one insider.

Insider Chris Johnston made an appearance on the Steve Dangle Podcast, sharing his thoughts on the chances of Marner walking as a UFA next summer.
"It's probably slightly more likely he walks than signs an extension but not significantly so. If we were setting the betting lines now that favourite would be walks as a free agent"

The 27 year old, has been a steady point producer for the Leafs since being drafted 4th overall in 2015. Last season he scored 26 goals and 85 points in 69 games. It has been his performances during the playoffs where Marner has faltered. During Toronto's most recent run against Boston, the playmaking winger only produced 1 goal and 2 assists across the seven game playoff series.
If Marner walks for nothing it will be a colossal mistake for the franchise. Yes, they are getting almost $11M in cap space, but no other assets in return for a perennial 90 point player for most of his career is irresponsible business.
Source: HockeyDB