Will the Maple Leafs consider trading Marner if they can’t get him signed soon?
It’s time for Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas to “imagine other possibilities” like not signing him and trading him.
To have a legit shot at the Cup, the Leafs need him in their lineup or use him to acquire assets to help them win. Having him sit out the season shouldn’t be an option.
If you are going to trade him, they would need to get two players that are under 27-years old that are under contract for at least two years. One of those players would need to be someone that could be a top-four defenseman for them. The other player would need to be a forward that could score 30 goals.
If Marner isn’t signed in the next six weeks, the Leafs need to start considing looking for a trade.
Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Mitch Marner is currently skating north of Toronto. His agent Darren Ferris has spoken Zurich and Marner could start skating with them if he’s still unsigned when training camp opens on September 12th. Marner could also start skating with the London Knights (OHL).
Gardiner still a possibility for the Maple Leafs?
Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: (mailbag) If Mitch Marner signs a short-term deal at around $9 million, it’s still possible that the Maple Leafs could bring back free agent defenseman Jake Gardiner.
Gardiner would also have to take less than he may have been hoping for. Gardiner’s ‘injury’ has really hurt his leverage.