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Marner’s $2 Million Difference: Perspective from a Mere Mortal

The Toronto Maple Leafs Mitch Marner soon will renegotiate his contract. He’ll ask for more than his team wants to pay. Then what?

Really, and I admit I don’t know the answer, for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner, what’s the difference between a salary of $11 million and $13 million per year? I can’t fathom the answer.

When Marner negotiates his next contract with the Maple Leafs, he will likely ask for more money than the team will pay. The team might be completely happy to offer him around $11 million per year, while he could be asking for closer to $13 million.

The difference between that $2 million is that the team might allow him to walk into free agency, which he has said he doesn’t want to do. He wants to stay in Toronto. For those earning far less than these figures, $2 million is significant. However, for Marner, what does this difference really mean?

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Even for those who live comfortably but still need to watch their spending habits, the difference between $11 million and $13 million per season is almost unimaginable. For a young player like Marner, these numbers represent a level of wealth that vastly exceeds what most of us will ever comprehend. It’s hard to understand how such vast sums impact their lives and decisions.

A Hockey Star’s Financial Security and Lifestyle

When you consider earning millions, the financial security it provides is unbelievable. With $11 million a season, Marner can afford multiple homes, luxury vehicles, and a lifestyle filled with travel and expensive hobbies. From the perspective of someone who needs to budget, the additional $2 million per season doesn’t seem like it would drastically change anyone’s day-to-day life. I suppose it significantly enhances long-term financial security and investment potential. Still, the numbers are far past my comprehension.

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I suppose there’s a logic for earning more money. For someone earning at these levels, the difference in salary can significantly impact future financial stability. Higher earnings allow for more diversified investments in real estate, stocks, and businesses. With innovative economic management, this wealth can grow substantially, ensuring a comfortable lifestyle long after their playing years. Essentially, earning $13 million instead of $11 million amplifies their ability to build wealth and secure their future. This resonates even with those who need to be frugal with their investments.

How Might the Extra $2 Million Impact Marner’s Lifestyle?

From regular people’s perspectives, it’s difficult to grasp how an additional $2 million impacts Marner’s lifestyle. Both figures allow for multiple luxury properties, high-end cars, yachts, first-class and private jet travel, or many leisure activities such as exclusive clubs, events, and activities.

The additional income might mean more or rarer luxuries, but the basic lifestyle remains incredibly luxurious at both levels. For those who consider a nice vacation a significant expense, it’s hard to see how these extra two million dollars make in everyday enjoyment.

Could an Extra $2 Million Improve One’s Psychological Esteem or Increase One’s Philanthropy?

Psychologically, earning more can bring a sense of accomplishment and security, but it might also come with increased pressure and expectations. Socially, higher earnings might attract more attention and opportunities, which can be beneficial and stressful. It’s hard to understand these pressures for a mere mortal, but it’s a reminder that more money can also mean more complications in one’s life.

Higher earnings also enable more extraordinary philanthropic efforts. Many athletes use their wealth to give back to their communities and support causes they care about. With more significant financial resources, Marner could fund more critical projects and make a more substantial impact. He’s already involved in charitable activity. For those who value giving back but have limited resources, seeing how much good can be done with considerable wealth. That said, I can’t imagine that’s why Marner would hold out for more bucks.

What’s the Bottom Line for Marner?

From a financial perspective, the difference could mean additional savings or investments, enhancing his long-term financial security. However, beyond a certain point, the marginal utility of extra income diminishes, especially when you’re already earning in the tens of millions. What becomes more critical is how these negotiations reflect on his career choices and legacy. Balancing personal financial gain with the opportunity to stay with a beloved team and become one of its all-time greats could be a significant consideration for Marner.

From the perspective of someone who has to be mindful of their spending, the difference between $11 million and $13 million a season is hard to grasp. At the same time, both amounts provide an incredible lifestyle. Still, is there a chance that pushing for more money might land Marner in a place he cannot abide – far from his home in Toronto?

For us mere mortals, it’s easier to see Marner’s issue in simpler terms. Getting by on far less money, we can wonder whether $2 million more will bring happiness. Not having that much allows us some insight perhaps Marner doesn’t have.

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  1. Roy James Peters

    May 28, 2024 at 1:24 pm

    Trade him if you can please he comes from a family that is never happy, watching his Dad at games he is the atypical nothing is ever good enough. The grandmother of Marner does not speak very well about his mother seems like a bad seed to have around the team.

  2. Don Huizinga

    May 29, 2024 at 12:10 am

    What players don’t recognize is that the perception is important. Consider all of the teams who have won the Stanley Cup in recent years… and consider how many of them have players who took a “reasonable” market salary to help that team have a stronger team up and down the lineup. Toronto players refuse to do this. I mean, fine, if you can get away with it, but the team culture IS affected. That, and let’s say you give Marner 13 million. Now he HAS to live up to that. Take a friendlier contract, show your true worth as a TEAM player, and gain the love of the fans. Don’t live up to it (and 13 mill is a lot to live up to) and you’re the jerk who thinks he’s worth more than he actually is. That, and you have the daily psychological pressure to perform. Marner should be getting about 8-9 million a year (comparative to players at his level). 13 mill? Let him walk.

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