Two former Maple Leafs GM reportedly chasing star winger Mitch Marner

Tom Banks
May 24, 2024  (8:24 PM)

Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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The Mitch Marner sweepstakes are well and truly on this summer, and now we know that at least two former Maple Leafs GM's could target the star winger.

From the moment the Maple Leafs lost a heart breaking game seven against the Boston Bruins, the rumour mill has been in full swing surrounding Toronto, but more importantly, star winger Mitch Marner. In the past few weeks, No. 16 has been linked to many teams, with The Hockey News recently running a report of five teams that could genuinely pursue Marner, with the list highlighted by two former Maple Leafs General Managers.
Those would be Pittsburgh's Kyle Dubas and New York's Lou Lamoriello, both of whom need their teams to take major jumps in 2024-25, with Marner being the perfect candidate to join their teams. It's unclear how much interest either team have in Marner and what they're willing to give up, but pairing this with a recent report that shows the team have a 0% chance of bringing back the core four, and these teams start to make more sense for Marner.

Whether or not Dubas or Lamoriello are willing to meet the price asked by Brad Treliving will be an interesting story for the summer, but with Marner likely traded, adding him to the Islanders or Penguins make them genuine threats in the Eastern Conference.
This all depends on whether Marner is willing to move his NMC, and while some believe the chances are high, others aren't so certain.
Ultimately, this is expected to be a wild summer for Toronto, and if Marner is available, every team in the league should be looking to make a deal, but keep an especially close eye on two former Maple Leafs GM's in the bidding war.
Source: Maple Leafs Daily