Mitch Marner dealt in monster one-for-one trade scenario amidst tons of rumours in Toronto

Mitch Marner dealt in monster one-for-one trade scenario amidst tons of rumours in Toronto

Would you pull the trigger on this suggested trade?

Chris Gosselin

A coaching change is underway in Toronto following the firing of Sheldon Keefe on Thursday, but that alone hasn’t put an end to all the trade rumours surrounding forward Mitch Marner. The winger will enter the final year of his contract in October and can sign an extension as early as July 1. Following the Leafs’ elimination at the hands o the Boston Bruins, Marner has become the most expendable of Toronto’s “Core Four” of forward talent and rumours of a blockbuster trade have surfaced.

Some many rumours have emerged and some caught the attention of fans and pundits more than others. The one from Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran has fans intrigued as he suggested a one-for-one trade in a scenario where Marner ends up in Tampa Bay. He wonders if the Maple Leafs could offer Marner in exchange for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev .

“Given he is eligible to sign an extension this summer, a sign-and-trade could well be in the works. Marner would be coveted by any team. Lightning coach Jon Cooper has long sung his praises and Tampa might be willing to part with defenceman Mikhail Sergachev.”

McGran is not stating that the Lightning and Leafs are discussing a trade, just putting out there the intriguing possible of such a massive deal.

While the trade scenario is interesting, seeing that something HAS TO BE done about Toronto’s blue line, there are many questions surrounding money in Tampa and how the Lightning and general manager Julien BriseBois need to re-sign captain Steven Stamkos, while also deciding what to do with pending UFAs like Anthony Duclair and Matt Dumba under limited cap space.

On top of that, the Bolts need to think about their own defense corps and add in the fact that Sergachev is signed through 2030-31 and has a no-trade clause kicking in on July 1.

The premise makes sense : the Maple Leafs need to figure out what to do with Marner and also must acquire a much-needed impactful defenseman during the offseason. Is McGran’s trade scenario that one that should materialize?

Would you try to make that deal work if you were GM Brad Treliving and the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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Source: Kevin McGran