These 4 Toronto Maple Leafs Trades Involving Mitch Marner Are Ridiculous

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Marner Trade No. 4: New Jersey

New Jersey acquires Mitch Marner in exchange for John Marino and 2025 First-Round Pick.

The idea of Marner playing alongside Jack Hughes makes a lot of sense. For New Jersey.

Those two would be brilliant together and if I'm the Devils, I would make that trade every time. However, this trade doesn't make any sense for the Leafs because of who they'd be recieving in exchange.

I know that the Leafs aren't going to get fair compensation for Marner, but Marino doesn't seem like fair value. Marino is a top-four defenseman, who's a vey good defender. He can log 20 minutes per night, but from a Leafs comparable, I'd say a healthy Jake Muzzin is a good comparison.

The Leafs are going to trade one of the best players in the history of their franchise in exchange for an average defenseman and some cap space? Sure.

Muzzin, was a solid defenseman and someone who helped the Leafs, but would you trade Marner for him? Absolutely not. If the Leafs are trading one of the best right-wingers in hockey and want to make a trade with a New Jersey Devils defenseman, then they should be going after Dougie Hamilton, instead.

If the Leafs don't get back a defenseman who is the equal of Mitch Marner, then the trade is a non-starter.

All of these trades that were suggested are terrible trades and there is no chance they will never happen. There is a better chance of me being named the next GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs than there is of the Leafs giving Mitch Marner away for cap space and a lottery ticket.


I'm still in the boat that I think a change of scenery is good for Marner, but I'd rather have another year of him and let him walk for free then see any of these hypothetical trades happen.