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Elliotte Friedman breaks the silence on Marner and Tavares' futures

Published May 13, 2024 at 2:39 PM
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After firing Sheldon Keefe, the flood gates opened for the Toronto Maple Leafs to make more moves this off-season, possibly including Mitch Marner and John Tavares.

Mitch Marner has been a key piece of the Toronto Maple Leafs for nearly a decade, but he seems like the most likely person to be moved by Brad Treliving this off-season. John Tavares, the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs who signed a massive $77-million free agency deal with the team in 2017 has been disappointing in the playoffs for his entire tenure, and a move of a player of his leadership calibre would send a clear message to the players, and to the entire league.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman has now commented on such:

"If you're Tavares or Tavares' representatives, you have to recognize the possibility they may come to you. If you are Marner or Marner's representatives you have to recognize the possibility that by simply saying they are not going to do certain things contract-wise, whether it's the number or the structure or whatever you want to make it that you're going to have to consider going elsewhere. I think right now we are in the unwinding phase, and I would expect in the next week or two that some of these conversations are going to take place.


There are teams out there that are going to start asking Toronto, 'Okay, if Marner is available, what are we looking at here?' As I've said before, going back to last summer with Nylander, teams know that Toronto is looking for the best defenseman that they can possibly get. So who's out there via trade and what are some of these teams willing to do. That's what I think the next month before the draft is going to be all about."


Do you think the Toronto Maple Leafs should trade their star winger or their captain? It wouldn't be an easy move, but they may just have to do it.

Credit HockeyPatrol:
Friedman drops massive update regarding Marner and Tavares
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