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Mitch Marner open for a change of scenery according to insider

Published May 14, 2024 at 6:53 PM
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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner could be willing to waive no-movement clause to facilitate a trade according to insider.

The Leafs are gearing up for a busy offseason following another disappointing playoff exit, and it looks like Mitch Marner could be on the move.


According to Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period, Marner seems open to waiving his no-movement clause to facilitate a trade, with the Nashville Predators showing interest in a potential one-for-one swap.


While the Leafs are exploring all options this summer, trading Auston Matthews and or William Nylander isn't on the table. However, captain John Tavares and star winger Marner, both entering the final year of their contracts, could be on the move.



Pagnotta suggests that Marner might consider alternative options if the Leafs pursue a trade, with a talent-for-talent swap being the preferred scenario for Toronto. One team of interest is the Nashville Predators, who are willing to part with goaltender Juuse Saros for the right deal.

I have a hard time believing Tavares will waive his no-movement clause, but I'm not convinced that is the same case for Marner. Speaking with those close to his camp, the belief is he would, and should, consider alternative options if the Leafs seek a trade. And no, the Leafs are not going to move him for a package surrounded by future assets. If they go down this road, and teams have already poked around, it's a talent-for-talent swap.

One team I am curious about is the Nashville Predators. A star player like Marner would fit in nicely at Bridgestone Arena and they have a star of their own they are willing to move for the right deal, despite GM Barry Trotz recently reaffirming their desire to keep him.

Goaltender Juuse Saros, like Marner, will soon be on an expiring contract. With Yaroslav Askarov waiting in the wings, moving Saros for extra fire power up front could be what the doctor ordered.


The Leafs primary focus seems to be acquiring a defenseman and a reliable number one goaltender rather than future assets.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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