NHL Rumors: Ryan O'Reilly "Urged" Predators To Trade For Mitch Marner

As NHL free agency wound down, an intriguing story emerged involving Nashville Predators center Ryan O'Reilly and his reported efforts to convince the team to trade for Mitch Marner. 

According to Nick Kypreos of the Toronto Star, O'Reilly, who played a pivotal role in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2023 playoff run before signing with Nashville, actively lobbied Predators GM Barry Trotz to pursue the star forward. 

O'Reilly's advocacy came before the Predators made significant free-agent acquisitions, including Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Marchessault, and Brady Skjei.

Despite O'Reilly's strong push, the complexities of Marner's contract, including a full no-movement clause, posed significant challenges. 

General Manager Barry Trotz, known for his bold moves, took O'Reilly's advice seriously but ultimately chose to focus on free agency. The Predators had the cap space to add a star forward like Marner, but the need for Marner's approval due to his contract clause made the transaction difficult to execute. 

As a result, Nashville bolstered its roster through free agency, securing high-profile players to strengthen their lineup for the upcoming season.

Marner's future with the Maple Leafs remains uncertain following another disappointing playoff performance. He managed 85 points in 69 regular-season games but struggled in the postseason, with only three points in seven games. 

The speculation about his future continues, fueled by the Leafs' roster and coaching staff changes. Marner, who recently received a $7.25 million signing bonus, remains under contract through the 2024-25 season. 

Any potential trade involving Marner would require his approval, adding another layer of complexity to his future in Toronto.

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