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Jeff Marek links John Tavares to young western conference team

Published June 10, 2024 at 4:24 PM

John Tavares is coming to the final stretch of his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but with pressure to change things up, Brad Treliving may trade the captain.

It won't be easy to move John Tavares, as he holds a full no move clause, as well as a massive $11 Million annual salary, but, there are some teams that could make it work.

Per NHL insider Jeff Marek, who co-hosts the 32 Thoughts Podcast with Elliotte Friedman, the NHL's newest team - Utah Hockey Club, could be a fit for John Tavares.

Marek on Tavares: "I had a conversation with someone who wondered about a team like Utah and here's why, Utah has a lot of young players, Logan Cooley is an obvious one, Utah is most likely in the business for veteran players on short-term deals and the theory is that they could offer Tavares a pretty healthy number on a 2-yr contract as a why to entice him to waive a no-trade, would that make sense to you?"

Elliotte Friedman responded with doubts, however:

EF: "Everything can always be made to make sense to me but I am under the impression that Tavares is going to play in Toronto next year"

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