Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Auston Matthews prepare for a play.
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Marner Trade Rumours Spark Defensiveness from Teammates

Published May 7, 2024 at 11:29 PM

Trade rumours surrounding Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner have run rampant for obvious reasons. Teammates Auston Matthews and William Nylander have jumped to Marner's defense regarding the speculation.

Marner has taken significant heat for his rather poor play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Round one against the Boston Bruins should've led to more for the Maple Leafs, but nothing huge from Marner has led to him being taken to the shed by fans and media.

While Marner is an incredibly skilled winger who outperforms many other wingers across the NHL, he is a bit light in the physicality department when he should have a bit more bite to his game.

The potential to have a game-breaking winger in Mitch Marner is incredibly lucrative, but he doesn't deserve to be on the chopping block.

Auston Matthews has spoken about his relationship with his teammate Marner and the drive that Marner has to play.

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William Nylander had similar thoughts, but he really spoke about his love for Marner as a teammate, friend and human being.

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If there's anyone who understands Marner's current position, it is William Nylander. Nylander was the whipping boy for Toronto Maple Leafs fans and media, and it becomes more apparent as the two have bonded even more in recent years.

As read on: Maple Leafs Daily
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Marner Trade Rumours Spark Defensiveness from Teammates

Do you think Auston Matthews and William Nylander's defense of Mitch Marner is warranted?

Yes! Marner is a fantastic player!4821.1 %
Yes, but Marner really needs to figure it out.11450 %
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