TSN's Chris Johnston gives major update on Mitch Marner's trade situation

Tom Banks
June 11, 2024  (10:03 PM)

Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs had another poor finish to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and after becoming the scapegoat, Mitch Marner is likely to be traded.

Despite having several 90+ point seasons as an NHLer with the Toronto Maple Leafs, their fanbase has become frustrated with Mitch Marner, and given another poor playoff performance, things aren't looking good for his future. A trade has become more and more likely the longer that the off-season goes, and now, TSN reporter Chris Johnston has given a major update on the situation in Toronto.
"I think the Leafs are very mindful about turning this into some sort of war. At the end of the day, Mitch Marner controls the situation. He has a full no-movement clause, he's one year out for UFA, he's still a player that has had multiple 90+ point seasons. As much as the Leafs might end up guiding this in a certain direction, he's got the hammer.

I'm sure the Leafs have already taken calls on him in terms of feeling out what the Leafs might want if they ever thought to trade him. You have those exploratory conversations and if they think there's something that makes sense for the team that's when they engage with Marner's camp to see if he would consider waiving his no move. I don't get any sense there is friction there or that they are leaning heavily on him. We'll see if there is even a trade that makes any sense. At this point I don't think that is the case and at this point I don't think they've had to approach Marner's camp about that."
With a full no-movement clause, Marner still controls his fate one year before unrestricted free agency, but as Johnston reveals, the team are seemingly taking calls on him. Given the update, it appears as though it's just a matter of time until the team decide to take their options to Marner to make a trade happen, and with a potential top draft pick or solid haul on the line, it makes sense for them to push for a trade.
Source: Maple Leafs Daily