Toronto Maple Leafs: Mitchell Marner Potential Trade Destinations
Mitchell Marner was a disappearing act once again for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Marner has not scored one goal in the playoffs in his last 18 games. Toronto blew a 3-1 series lead and lost Game 7 at home to the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 3-1.
Montreal pulled off the monster upset and the Maple Leafs have many questions to answer. They have had the same core for the past four-to-five seasons and nothing has changed. Trading Kasperi Kapanen to the Pittsburgh Penguins last offseason didn’t work.
Maybe they need to trade Mitchell Marner elsewhere. Marner is only 24 years old and he was the fourth overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
He played in 55 games during the regular season. Mitchell Marner scored 20 goals and recorded 47 assists. His plus/minus was 21.
Marner scored zero goals and recorded four assists, in seven postseason games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. His plus/minus in the playoffs was 1.
He is the heartbeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs locker room. Mitchell Marner must just need a new change of scenery.
His contract is worth $10.903 million for the next four years. He will be a free agent after the 2024-2025 regular season and before the 2025-2026 regular season begins. Mitchell Marner has an interesting future ahead of him.
Which potential teams could be trading for Mitchell Marner from Toronto next season?
Mitchell Marner could be a very good fit for the Pittsburgh Penguins and potentially a Phil Kessel 2.0 kind of thing. Marner needs to get bigger and stronger.
Mitchell Marner is one of the most talented players in the NHL, but maybe he needs to play in a different market and then he will survive and thrive in it. Marner would do wonders playing along side with the core of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang.
He has a long offseason ahead of him. Mitchell Marner could be another superstar for Pittsburgh in the steel city down the road.
Jack Eichel wants out of Buffalo and he wants to go to a win now situation. With Mitchell Marner struggling in the postseason, maybe it would be better for him to go to Buffalo and it would take all of the pressure in the world off of him. The Buffalo Sabres are in complete rebuild mode and the cap move makes sense.
Eichel is making at least $8 million a season. This would be a good fit for both sides. A one-for-one swap would make total sense in this situation.
Mitchell Marner would maybe become the team captain in Buffalo eventually. It would be interesting to see here as well.
The Minnesota Wild appear to be close to seriously contending for a Stanley Cup Title within the next couple of years. Even though it would be high expectations, the media market isn’t as harsh in Minnesota compared to Toronto.
The Minnesota Wild have a new young superstar in the NHL in Kirill Kaprizov. Mitchell Marner would be another young potential supersttar that they would love to have. However, would general manager Bill Guerin be willing to trade some top prospects away like Matthew Boldy, Nick Swaney, and some others to make a deal happen for Mitchell Marner?
It remains to be seen as Minnesota is a team on the come up. The Wild have a bright future ahead of them and will see what they want to do. Head coach Evan Deason took major strides with this hockey team in the NHL this past regular season.
I have a strong feeling that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, head coach Sheldon Keefe, and the rest of the organization will find a way to trade Mitchell Marner away do a different organization away from Toronto, Ontario this offseason.
Where do you think Mitchell Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be traded to this offseason? Leave a comment below.
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