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Insider suggests dark horse team could make a pitch for John Tavares


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Ryan Smitheram
June 16, 2024  (12:12)
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Jeff Marek suggested that Utah could be a perfect landing spot for Toronto Maple Leafs Captain John Tavares.

While Tavares has said he is going to play out the final year of his 7-year, $77M contract with the Leafs Sportsnet's Jeff Marek revealed on a recent episode of "32 Thoughts" that someone approached him about Tavares possibly being a target of Utah.
"I had a conversation with someone who wondered about a team like Utah and here's why, Utah has a lot of young players, Logan Cooley is an obvious one, Utah is most likely in the business for veteran players on short-term deals and the theory is that they could offer Tavares a pretty healthy number on a 2-yr contract as a way to entice him to waive a no-trade"

It would be doubtful that Utah would trade Cooley. Bringing someone like Tavares to Utah would be with the idea of having him mentor a player like Cooley.
The Utah Hockey Club have a plethora of other young players and draft picks that would help the Leafs now and down the road. Utah would also have to give Tavares an astronomical extension for him to even consider waiving his no-movement clause, but he wants to win and it may still be to soon for Utah to even be considered a playoff team.
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