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Ex-Leaf steps up and explains why Mitch Marner should accept a trade


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Ryan Smitheram
May 7, 2024  (10:47)
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A former Toronto Maple Leaf has stepped up and called for Mitch Marner to waive his no-movement clause for the betterment of the team.

Many Leaf fans are hoping and wanting the Leafs to trade Marner after another uninspiring playoff performance where he once again failed to produce when it mattered most.
One former Leaf, Jay Rosehill, was asked about Marner's situation on yesterday's edition of 'Leafs Morning Take' and provided a very blunt rant in response, stating that he believes the team should approach Marner about waiving his no-moveent clause.
"I want them (the Leafs) to ask Mitch Marner to waive his no-trade clause and say, 'Do you want a change of scenery? Do you want to go somewhere else? You don't seem happy here. You're not trying. You're not doing anything. Do you expect us to extend you with a big raise?'

Honestly, if the worst case is we lose him and open up his cap room, I would take that. That's controversial, but why in the hell would I want to keep him when year after year - this isn't hypothetical... you're not winning with him. He doesn't have what it takes to lead the team to win. Maybe you go to other pastures somewhere and you have a different look.

He unequivocally was not willing to do anything different to find success where guys usually go through absolute walls, reinvent their game, do whatever it takes and he wasn't even willing to dip his toe in playoff hockey.

Get rid of him is my opinion and if you get something back for him, awesome, but work with the cap that he opens up for you and get some pieces in there."

Although Marner has out-produced both Auston Matthews and William Nylander points-wise in the playoffs, Nylander and Matthews have been able to produce in times that were needed. Marner, on the other hand, has not.
Marner has one year left on his current contract that carries a cap hit of $10.9M for the upcoming season. Although he said it was his goal to sign an extension in Toronto, the Leafs and GM Brad Treliving will have to decide if they want to make a major change to the "Core 4" now or at the end of next season. Either way, it will be summer full of Marner rumours and speculation and the end game will come as a surprise regardless of the decisions that are made.
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Ex-Leaf steps up and explains why Mitch Marner should accept a trade

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