Max Domi gets honest about future with Maple Leafs

Will the younger Domi be a one and done with Toronto?

Michael W.

The Toronto Maple Leafs brought aboard the son of beloved franchise favorite Tie Domi last summer when they inked Mx Domi to a one-year contract. Despite the younger Domi saying that he was looking for stability after having already played for six teams during his still relatively young NHL career, he agreed to a one-year "prove it" style deal. 

And now that the season is over for the Leafs after yet another disappointing early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, speculation is abounding regarding the plans of general manager Brad Treliving with respect to player personnel. While there's plenty of attention being given to the futures of Core 4 players Mitch Marner and John Tavares with the franchise, fans are right to wonder whether or not Domi will be given a second chance with the Leafs next season in the form of a new contract. 

For Domi, he left nothing to doubt when asked about his future with the Leafs, stating emphatically that he'd love to come back.

"Do I want to come back? Absolutely," he said. "I think this team has everything it takes to do something special, and I'd love to help them do that. But it's obviously beyond my control. So, leave that up to my agent and management here."

In his first season with the Leafs, Domi scored nine goals with 38 assists, along with a +10 rating. However, he went through a prolonged scoring slump to begin his tenure in Toronto, not lighting the lamp until December. He also registered a goal and three assists while playing in all seven postseason games against the Boston Bruins. 

“Playing in Toronto was always a goal of mine and something that I enjoyed every second of it and didn't take it for granted, that's for sure,” said Domi. “It's something I've dreamed of my whole life. There's nothing like playing in the NHL other than playing for the Maple Leafs. You can't beat it, especially growing up in Toronto.”

His AAV for 2023-24 was $3 million. Will it be worth it for GM Brad Treliving to bring him back for another go around, or will his salary be better utilized filling other needs on the roster? 

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