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Inexcusable mistake from a $10.893 million Maple Leafs player

Leaf fans have every right to be upset with how Mitch Marner has been performing, including his costly overtime mistake against Columbus.

Mitch Marner giveth, and Mitch Marner taketh away. His shot from the slot on Saturday night had Leafs nation pumped up, but his overtime stupidity cost them a point two days later.

A day and a few hours after shooting home the Auston Matthews pass off of Morgan Rielly to win the overtime game against the Bruins, Marner wasted the opening game of a back-to-back with Frederik Andersen in net for the Leafs. His mental lapse saw him grab the puck in the crease resulting in a penalty shot which was converted by Gustav Nyqvist.

Against Columbus on Monday night, Mitch Marner started his evening with a beautiful backhand saucer pass to Kasperi Kapanen, short-handed, to open the Leafs scoring on the evening. He showed why the Leafs opt for speed and skill on the PK on this play and appeared to be off to a strong start in the game.

Fast forward to overtime and Marner was sitting at just one assist, -1 rating, 2 penalty minutes, and 2 shots on goal. Not exactly the Hollywood performance we expected from Mitch “I can drive a line on my own” Marner.

To top it all off, Marner followed in his PK partner’s footsteps and completely shit the bed in overtime. Instead of throwing a broken stick at the opposing player for a two-minute minor, Marner completely reversed the ridiculous burst of saved Andersen made by covering the puck with his glove in the crease while swimming on the ice.

This rewards a penalty shot, which we know in 2019, and Andersen was scored on by Nyqvist to end the game. How the action of closing his hand on the puck in the crease being an option for Marner is astounding simply because of who he is. His fans constantly talk about him seeing the game differently and being a step ahead of his opposition, but how can you make any of these claims this season and especially after that mistake last night?

Kapanen throwing his stick? Stupid but I expect mental lapses from a $3.2 million player. Marincin getting backed into his own goalie and not helping defend a shot in close? Something I assume will happen with a $700k player once in a while. But to jeopardize the entire game, in overtime, because you can’t stay focused enough to make a right play (or just not make the worst play), it’s inexcusable for a $10.893 million dollar player.

Hats off to Marner, his dad, and his agent. So far it seems like they’ve rinsed the Leafs and Dubas on this deal. Is this too hyperbolic of criticism on a player for the first ten games of the season? Not when you threaten to sit out unless you get paid like a top-10 player in the league. Be better, Marner.

Avid fan of The Toronto Maple Leafs, West Ham United, Minnesota Vikings, and Toronto Blue Jays. Involved in all things sports from playing (poorly) to tracking on twitter, my love for the teams I support tends to bleed into all aspects of my life!

9 comments on “Inexcusable mistake from a $10.893 million Maple Leafs player

  1. He lost a dear young friend hours before the game. Give the guy a freaking break! Hayden RIP.

  2. Mitch is grieving for Hayden who died Sunday at 1130pm

    • Again, this is completely inappropriate to bring up in a conversation about dollar value vs. on-ice performance. Many players are dealing with things in their personal life and this blog intentionally stays away from that topic.

  3. Rick Hosking

    The penalty shot was for a hooking penalty, not for grabbing the puck. Check the official NHL statistics. This ffact makes the article completely inaccurate and meaningless.

  4. Just a Thought

    Remove this journalist from posting anything about the Leafs. He does not represent the fans at all.

    • This is a blog I own and write for by myself. Nowhere in this blog does it state that I am representing all fans, it’s only purpose was to stare that fans who are being critical of Mitch Marner have legs in their argument.

  5. Jason Rekker

    Marner was not penalized for putting his hand on the puck. According to NHL official game records he received a penalty for interference on the breakaway at 1:57. You can see the ref calling it on the breakaway.

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