New rumor lands Mitch Marner in Pittsburgh reunited with Kyle Dubas

Tyler Ball
May 17, 2024  (6:19 PM)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner celebrating a goal during a home game in the NHL.
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Today a new rumor has surfaced that once again would land Mitch Marner in Pittsburgh but this time the trade would be a blockbuster with several stars involved.

Mitch Marner's trade speculation has taken off like wildfire over the last several weeks. Particularly when it comes to connecting the winger to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Today that speculation continued as a major trade has been suggested. One player that has been linked as a potential return is goaltender Tristan Jarry.
The one player that Toronto could be very interested in acquiring is goaltender Tristan Jarry. Alex Nedeljkovic is a pending UFA, but if he re-signs in Pittsburgh, Jarry would most likely be on the trade block and the Leafs should jump on him. With a career 2.70 GAA and .912 SV%, Jarry is an above-average goaltender and someone who would be a better option than re-signing Ilya Samsonov.

The trade then at its base would include Mitch Marner and Tristan Jarry. This mock trade however would take several other pieces from the Pittsburgh Penguins to get a deal done.
Pittsburgh has their own salary-cap issues, so trading him straight up for Marner wouldn't work, or wouldn't be fair value, so I'd expect something like this to make sense. Mitch Marner in exchange for Tristan Jarry, Marcus Pettersson, 2025 First Round Pick and 2026 First Round Pick (*if he re-signs).
In this scenario, Pittsburgh would sort of do a roster reset letting go of their starting goalie and a top-four defenseman in Marcus Pettersson. They also would send off two future first-round picks.
For the Maple Leafs, this trade would be a big help they gain another steady defenseman to try and solve their problems there. They also get a veteran goalie in Tristan Jarry to compete with Joseph Woll for the starting job.
For the Pittsburgh Penguins, this deal makes less sense. For a team that is trying to win still and struggling on defense trading away your starting goalie and a top-four defenseman for a forward is confusing. Also, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a shallow prospect pool, and trading away first-round picks is something they might not be able to afford.
Despite the fit not being the best for either team Kyle Dubas wanting to bring in a familiar face to Pittsburgh could be just enough to make this kind of deal happen.