Monster trade rumour sends star goalie to Toronto in return for Mitch Marner

Monster trade rumour sends star goalie to Toronto in return for Mitch Marner

Do you pull the trigger?

Chris Gosselin

According to David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period, the Nashville Predators are actively investigating the possibility of acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner. Pagnotta believes the Predators have been in communication with general manager Brad Treliving about a possible trade involving Marner, and you have to admit that the return is quite enticing.

That’s because Nashville could seriously consider swapping star goalie Juuse Saros as the centerpiece of a package return to the Maple Leafs.

Pagnotta isn’t the only one suggesting such a move. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star also wonders if a deal could be done with these two massive pieces in play.

Chatter has pointed to Saros’ desire to move on from Nashville and a move to a competitive club could be what he’s looking. GM Barry Trotz would have to be careful and what he needs to offer to acquire Marner in this potential blockbuster trade:

“The Leafs would want more in return than just Saros. Maybe centre Colton Sissons or defenceman Dante Fabbro would need to be included. The Predators also have nine picks in the first five rounds this year, and five in the first three next year if Treliving is looking for a way to restock the prospects pool.” 

Kevin McGran

Marner remains in control with his no-movement clause, while Saros is a year away from unrestricted free-agent eligibility with a $5 million AAV. However, the Predators could consider moving him for added fire power up front seeing that they can count on goaltending prospect Yaroslav Askarov.

McGran speculates the Maple Leafs would want Saros to sign a contract extension, though they could play out the 2024-25 season before inking him to a deal.

The pressure lands on Treliving’s shoulders seeing that he cannot lose another pending free agent or get a terrible trade return like he did when he was GM of the Calgary Flames.

Would you pull the trigger on a monster trade involving Marner and Saros, along with aforementioned pieces suggested by McGran?

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