Elliotte Friedman reveals a Mitch Marner trade could be on the horizon

Tyler Ball
April 27, 2024  (4:41 PM)

Mitch Marner playing in a road game for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the New York Rangers during the 2023-24 season.
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. During their current series, they have struggled to score in part due to the struggles of star Mitch Marner. Today insider Elliotte Friedman spoke about Mitch Marner, his struggles, and his future with the team.

This afternoon Elliotte Friedman spoke on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and the Toronto Maple Leafs were a main topic of conversation. First Elliotte Friedman was asked about Mitch Marner's continued struggles in the playoffs. In his response Elliotte Friedman compares Mitch Marner to another struggling playoff star Elias Pettersson.
"I think it's really critical. You look at Pettersson in Vancouver, you look at Marner in Toronto and you see a lot of similaritiesYou can see how both of those markets are reacting around those players early on. I think Marner is his own worst enemy in the sense that he puts a ton of pressure on himself in some ways I think he almost mentally straight jackets himself."

With Mitch Marner's struggles many have begun to question his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After this year he will be heading into the final year of his contract. If the Maple Leafs want to bring him back extension talks can start this summer if not a trade could be in the cards according to Elliotte Friedman.
"The calendar determines all and we're going to get to a point where he can extend. It'll come down to a) how well he plays, b) what his next contract looks like and c) if it comes to a trade, what they're all willing to do together."

Much like William Nylander from this past season, the conversations between the two sides will likely bleed well into the summer and possibly into the season. If a deal is not done by opening night it could become a media circus much like the William Nylander situation did.
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