Ex-NHL goalie boldly states Mitch Marner is done in Toronto

Cameron Brown
April 25, 2024  (3:41 PM)

Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Mitch Marner has been under harsh criticism over the past week as his poor playoff play continues, as he has registered just one point in the first three games against their division rival, the Boston Bruins.

Former Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft, who appeared in 91 games for Toronto over 2 seasons before moving on to play for 3 other NHL teams, and then calling it a career in 2014, stated that Marner's comments to the media while rehabbing an ankle injury might have booked him a one-way ticket out of Toronto.
Raycroft appeared on TSN's «first up» podcast to discuss Marner's playoff play, and the comments Raycroft so harshly criticized.
"I said to a few people, when Marner went after the media about the ankle injury three weeks ago, 'he's done'.

I've been there, I've answered a question like that in that market and that guy is never coming back from that. I think we're seeing some of that right now. He can score goals and they can go on and win but he's not coming back from that comment. No one is going to forget it - everyone is always going to go back to it. Every game he doesn't get a point they'll go back to him having a bad attitude or whatever reason and when he scores they're going to say he should've done it cause he makes $10M a year.

It's unfortunate for Mitch. He certainly wasn't good the first two games. he was hard to find out there sometimes. That doesn't mean he can't get 3 assists tonight, he can't get 4 points in Game 4. He has that kind of talent, but just watching how the media has kind of switched on him and then doing this in the playoffs - this isn't going away even if he plays great the next little while."

Raycroft seems to be pretty certain that there is no coming back from calling out the media and then playing poorly when it matters most, but only time will tell what Marner's future in Toronto holds.
Raycroft is known by fans everywhere as the goalie the Leafs traded Tuuka Rask for, most likely one of the biggest trade blunders in Leafs history.
Regardless of Raycroft's feelings or Marner's poor play, the entire Leafs roster will need to step up as they are down 2-1 in the series to Boston heading into game 4.
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