Maple Leafs Re-Sign Mitch Marner
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Toronto, ON--- After months of negotiations, the Toronto Maple Leafs came to terms on a new contract with RFA Mitch Marner.
The new contract will see the 22-year-old winger earn $65.358 million over six-years and a cap hit of $10.893 million. This is great news for the organization and the fans because it means that Marner won’t miss the start of the 2019-20 NHL season due to a contract dispute, which was the case for teammate William Nylander, who’s contract talks carried over until the RFA deadline on December 1st.
Marner has played a significant role for the Maple Leafs since his rookie season. In fact, Marner has led the Maple Leafs in scoring for the past two seasons; he finished with 69 points in the 2017-18 season and last season, finished with a career-high 26 goals and 94 points.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are also in a situation where they will have a lot more pressure to produce results in the playoffs. The team haven’t been to the second round since 2004 and with a large portion of the salary cap committed to John Tavares, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner, the team will be expected to produce now more than ever.
Not only is Marner one of the Maple Leafs’ most gifted offensive players, but he’s also one of the team’s most charitable players in the community. In July, I was honored to attend the second annual Mitch Marner All Star Invitational and conduct an interview with him to discuss the event as well as his charitable aspirations through his charity: The Marner Assist fund, whose goal is to provide resources for children and youth and provide support to children in terms of social care, health, and education.
Growing up in the Greater Toronto Area has ingrained Marner into Maple Leaf fandom and witnessing the team’s struggles as a fan and then being a part of the team’s struggles as a player, could have played a role in wanting to stay and win as a member of the Maple Leafs.
During my interview with Paul Marner, he stated that it’s great as both a fan and parent to see his son represent the Maple Leafs:
“I grew up here as a Leaf fan back in Davie Keon…Ron Ellis…and those guys played. Mitch, you know grew up here as a Leaf fan being from Toronto, so it’s obviously great that you’re in your hometown city…for us, we get to see him a lot obviously which is great. As you said if he moves away, you don’t see him. And for Mitch, you know I think it’s great…he’s around his friends and his family, it’s great.”
Marner grew up a Maple Leafs fan, was drafted by the organization, and then led the team in scoring, so it’s only fitting that he re-signs with his hometown team and continues their quest to become Stanley Cup champions.
To celebrate the signing, check out the NHL's video of Mitch Marner's top-10 plays during the 2018-19 season:
Photo and Video Credit: Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) and the National Hockey League (@NHL and NHL on YouTube)