Predators GM Barry Trotz breaks silence on potential Marner trade

Samer Dagher
May 21, 2024  (7:54 PM)

Nashville Predators GM Barry Trotz
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Nashville Predators General Manager Barry Trotz is making moves this offseason, and one of his goals might be to trade for Leafs superstar Mitch Marner.

Marner has been linked to several teams in trade rumors since the Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs. Among those teams is the Nashville Predators. When asked today about the possibility of pursuing Marner, Trotz's response was rather noncommittal.
I asked Barry Trotz if he'd be interested in acquiring Mitch Marner, with now some $25 million in cap room.

His response is pretty hilarious and he shrugged it off as «just rumors.»

NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reported today that the Leafs have not yet had any conversations with other teams about a possible Marner trade. He mentioned that the team was focused on hiring Craig Berube and finalizing their coaching staff. With those tasks completed, trade discussions could start soon.
Just FYI, it's my understanding as of this moment that the Maple Leafs have not spoken to a single team about Mitch Marner. The Leafs were focused on the coaching situation which they've handled now. But there haven't been any trade conversations regarding Marner.
Obviously we'll see how the next two months play out, no doubt teams will come calling the Leafs on him closer to the draft next month.

Interestingly, Barry Trotz made a significant move today by trading defenseman Ryan McDonagh back to the Tampa Bay Lightning, opening up $6.75 million in cap space. The speculation is that this move was made to give the team flexibility in the free agent and trade markets, with Trotz reportedly looking to acquire a top scorer like Marner.
It appears the purpose of the McDonagh trade was to set up Barry Trotz to aggressively pursue a top scorer.

The Preds have been linked with Mitch Marner for the past few weeks and now have a cap hit of $61,654,199 for next season which gives them lots of room for a trade.

[Source: @MGsports_]


It seems very likely that the Predators will make a serious effort to bring in Marner. Stay tuned this summer to see where the Leafs superstar might go, if he leaves the team at all.
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