Maple Leafs Rumors: Marner Camp Has "No Intention" Of Providing Trade List

In case you haven't heard (and who hasn't?), there's been a lot of talk about whether the Toronto Maple Leafs will try to break up their so-called 'Core Four' by trading Mitch Marner, who'll be entering the final year of his contract.

There's just one problem with that plan: Marner owns a full no-movement clause. Only he can decide if he wants to find a new home via trade this summer. And according to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, that's not happening so fast. At least not now.

At this point, the Marner camp led by veteran agent Darren Ferris is not working on a list of teams (they would accept a trade to). They have no intention as of now of producing such a list. As far as the Marner camp is concerned, the star winger has one more year on his contract with the Leafs and intends to honor it.

This jibes with a report we had earlier this month, which indicated that Ferris is intent on bringing his client to unrestricted free agency.  

What's more, various reports say that the Leafs haven't spoken to a single team about Marner. Yet. 

After another early playoff flameout, however, the Leafs' brass has already said that "everything" is on the table when discussing how to approach the roster for the 2024-25 season. Both Marner and captain John Tavares have the no-move clauses however, so the front office's hands could be tied on those fronts.

Marner has one more year at a $10.9 million cap hit, and the thought is that he'll be looking for something that starts with a '12' for his AAV in any new extension. Without some assurance that he'll be signing a long-term deal, it would be difficult for any rival team to give up too much value in a trade, despite Marner being pretty much a certified 90+ point man (85 this season in 69 games). 

At this point, writes LeBrun, the Marner saga could still take a number of different directions. But he adds, "There is no guarantee Marner is going anywhere. My sense at the moment is that the Leafs front office hasn’t committed to trading Marner, and again, he holds the cards if the team does want to go that direction. 

"That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, of course". 

It's a long summer ahead, and no doubt the rumors will be flying. Perhaps Marner might be advised to stay off social media for the next few months. 

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