Insider Has Maple Leafs Landing $68 Million Defensemen In Mock Mitch Marner Trade

Insider Has Maple Leafs Landing $68 Million Defensemen In Mock Mitch Marner Trade

James Mirtle of The Athletic, an NHL insider and reporter, has speculated that the Toronto Maple Leafs might acquire defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from the Tampa Bay Lightning by trading Mitch Marner in a one-for-one transaction.

As he approaches the last year of a six-year, $65.4 million contract he inked with the Maple Leafs in 2019, Marner is at the top of a lot of trade bait boards heading into the offseason. Trade rumors surrounding Marner have surfaced since Toronto was eliminated from the playoffs. According to Mirtle, Tampa Bay is a dark horse to get Marner and may even move Sergachev for him.

“Maybe anything to do with the Lightning, who seem like potential influencers in this area. On June 26, Mirtle stated as much on the JD Bunkis show on Sportsnet. “It would be Sergachev.”

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On July 13, 2022, Sergachev signed an eight-year $68 million contract, of which he has seven years remaining. In addition, the Russian has no trade protection until July 1st, so if Tampa Bay decides to move forward with this fictitious agreement, it will have to be completed by July 1st without Sergachev’s approval.

Sergachev skated in 34 games for the Lightning during the previous season, managing just 2 goals and 17 assists for a total of 19 points. Sergachev was a vital component of the Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2020 and 2021 prior to breaking his leg in the previous season.

An insider explains why the trade should be made by the Maple Leafs.

Following his disclosure of the mock transaction, Mirtle stated that, should it be considered, Toronto ought to make the move.

With Sergachev’s seven-year contract remaining, the trade would provide Toronto over $2 million in cap room as well as a legitimate No. 1 defenseman.

“You get a defenseman, some cap space, and you hope that Sergachev gets better. He didn’t play well last year, but he was injured for a large portion of it. “I believe the Lightning are considering their options, considering that they might lose Stamkos, they are making a change there, and they want to see if they can get that team back to a competitive level and not just in the second tier,” Mirtle continued.

By signing Marner, Tampa Bay would bolster their team with a dynamic offensive playmaker. The fact that the team still has Erik Cernak and Victor Hedman and has Ryan McDonagh reduces Sergachev’s importance even more.

Marner Desires to Stay with the Leafs

Marner has been the focus of trade rumors, but he is able to reject any transfer because he has a complete no-movement clause.

Marner wants to stay in Toronto, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, following the Maple Leafs’ playoff elimination.

“Darren Ferris, the senior agent leading the Marner camp, is not currently working with a list of teams. As of right now, they have no plans to create such a list. Regarding the Marner camp, the talented winger is still under contract with the Leafs for one more year, and he plans to play for them,” LeBrun wrote.

Accordingly, this is all on what the Leafs bring to Marner this summer (if anything) and not the other way around, as best as I can determine at this precise moment. With his 100 percent no-move clause, which went into effect on July 1 of last year, Marner controls the majority of the cards, LeBrun added.

Shelton ColeFor, Cole Shelton writes about hockey. Since 2016, he has covered collegiate and professional sports for a variety of publications, including BJ Penn, USA Today, Rotowire, SB Nation, and Canadian Baseball Network.Additional information on Cole Shelton

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