Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner has had enough of the media scrutiny as his team faces a 3-0 deficit in their playoff series against the Florida Panthers. In a recent interview, Marner made it clear that the Leafs’ focus remains on their game and not on the external opinions. “We don’t care what you guys say, we don’t listen to you guys outside of this locker room. We’re just focused on ourselves,” said Marner, expressing his frustration with the constant media coverage.
Mitch Marner: “We don’t care what you guys say, we don’t listen to you guys outside of this locker room. We’re just focused on ourselves.”
Originally tweeted by Joshua Clipperton (@JClipperton_CP) on May 9, 2023.
Marner’s performance against the Panthers has been less than stellar, with only one assist in three games and a -3 rating. His ice time has also decreased in each game, reflecting the challenges he and his teammates have faced against a strong Florida defense. Other star players, like Auston Matthews, have also been shut down by the Panthers, leaving the Leafs’ depth players to pick up the scoring slack.
The Toronto media has been known for its relentless coverage of the Maple Leafs, and the pressure on the team’s stars can be overwhelming. However, Marner’s comments highlight the importance of maintaining focus and unity within the locker room, even in the face of adversity.
As the Leafs look to bounce back in Game 4, Marner and his teammates must find a way to overcome the Panthers’ stifling defense and find their scoring touch. With their backs against the wall, the Leafs will need a complete team effort to extend their playoff run.