Contender confirmed to have reached out to Leafs about Mitch Marner

Ryan Smitheram
May 15, 2024  (6:01 PM)

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The Fourth Period's David Pagnotta revealed that one contending team has, in fact, reached out to the Toronto Maple Leafs to express interest in Mitch Marner.

Pagnotta appeared on 'Leafs Morning Take' today and discussed the potential of Marner being moved. He revealed that the Nashville Predators have already reached out to the Leafs about acquiring the perennial 90-point winger.
"I believe Nashville, at some point, has said 'if you consider moving him, give us a call.'
-Pagnotta on Marner and the Preds

Pagnotta followed up that news by divulging that he thinks a trade focusing on Marner and Saros, as has previously been discussed, would make sense for both teams.
"I think there is a strong fit there and one of the rare trades that benefits both clubs when you're dealing with superstar talent.. [Marner]'s got one more year to go. I wrote about Juuse Saros, he's got one more year to go. There would have to be other pieces obviously, but from a primary perspective, I think that's a good fit for both clubs. We'll have to wait and see if [Treliving] and Barry Trotz get to that discussion point, but I think there is a pathway that makes sense for all parties, including the athletes."

There are plenty of hurdles to overcome to put together such a massive trade, with the obvious and largest being Marner's no-movement clause, followed by potential extensions and salary cap space. While the Leafs sort out their coaching situation, it is expected that Brad Treliving will be very active leading up to the draft and free agency as he looks to put his stamp on the Leafs' roster ahead of next season.
It's worth mentioning that Treliving isn't afraid of high profile trades. Just a couple of summers ago, he pulled off one of the biggest trades in recent memory when he dealt Matthews Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers for a large package that included Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar.
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Contender confirmed to have reached out to Leafs about Mitch Marner

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