Pierre LeBrun drops update on Mitch Marner's status with Toronto Maple Leafs

Graham Montgomery
June 4, 2024  (9:25 PM)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner speaking to the media after being eliminated from the playoffs
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NHL insider Pierre LeBrun revealed today that both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mitch Marner are preparing to wait and see how the beginning of next season goes before they discuss a contract extension or trade.

Marner has been all that is on anyone's mind in Toronto this summer. Since the Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs, it has been assumed that the team would trade him, breaking up the core-four at last. However, recent rumors have started to swing in the other direction. It is seeming more and more likely that Marner will still be on the Leafs, at least at the beginning of the 2024-25 season. Marner's agent himself confirmed that they have not discussed either possible trades or contract extensions yet.
Marner plans to honor the final year of his contract with the Leafs.

Despite fan speculation, Mitch Marner's camp is not pursuing trade options or contract extensions. His agent, Darren Ferris, has confirmed there are no active discussions about a potential trade or extension this summer. Instead, Marner aims to start the upcoming season and evaluate the situation as it unfolds.

[via: @PierreVLeBrun]

This does line up with what Elliotte Friedman has been saying. Yesterday on 32 thoughts, the insider discussed what is going on between Marner and the Leafs. He ultimately could not predict what the final outcome will be, but he did reveal that the team is being extremely cautious with how they handle the situation. They know they cannot allow themselves to mess this up.
"The Leafs are determined to either make a good trade, or, with the cap room that is created by that is created by that trade, do something big. They know they can't afford to have a swing and a miss with this one."
After all, mismanaging a player of Marner's caliber could set the team back years. Ultimately, it could be the difference between winning a Stanley Cup or not. As such, the Leafs certainly have a lot on their plate. Hopefully for their sake, they handle the situation as well as they possibly can, even if they are in a lose-lose situation.