Toronto Maple Leafs core four (Auston Matthews, William Nylander, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner) sitting side by side on the team's bench.
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Insider confirms Leafs will explore trading one of the core four

Published May 10, 2024 at 11:59

Today the Toronto Maple Leafs had their end-of-year press conference. After watching the press conference one insider believes the team is ready to break up the core four.

Ever since Brad Treliving took over the Toronto Maple Leafs last offseason many fans had wondered if the core four was in danger of being broken up. This year after another disappointing loss in the first round insider Chris Johnston believes that is where things are heading.

Without saying it explicitly, the #leafs leadership/management couldn't have made it more clear reading between the lines that they're going to explore moving one or more members of their core this summer.

This is not much of a surprise after the failure that was the playoff series against the Boston Bruins. Many are assuming that the first to go will be Mitch Marner who has faced a lot of backlash in recent weeks, despite the speculation the front office would not confirm if any players are on the trade block.

Brendan Shanahan asked specifically about John Tavares and Mitch Marner's situation, doesn't answer directly saying it'd be premature but also adding that everything is on the table.

Now the rumor mill can officially begin to stir as the offseason is under way for the Maple Leafs. The first order of business is hiring a new head coach. Then will come roster reconstruction for Brad Treliving, Brendan Shanahan and the front office.
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Insider confirms Leafs will explore trading one of the core four

Which member of the core four will be moved first?

Auston Matthews394.1 %
Mitch Marner69673 %
William Nylander333.5 %
John Tavares18519.4 %
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