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NHL insider reports suggest the Toronto Maple Leafs haven't discussed trading Mitch Marner. Explore 3 reasons why the Leafs are likely to keep their star forward.

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ offseason has been dominated by speculation about the future of star winger Mitch Marner. However, recent reports from NHL insider Pierre LeBrun suggest that the Leafs haven’t even entertained the idea of trading Marner. This aligns with the team’s focus on addressing their coaching situation, which has now been resolved with the hiring of Craig Berube.

While NHL trade rumors are sure to swirl as the NHL draft approaches, there are several compelling reasons why the Maple Leafs will likely keep Marner in the fold.

3 Reasons Mitch Marner Stays Put with the Leafs

1. The Core Four Remains Intact

The Maple Leafs have invested heavily in their core of Auston Matthews, William Nylander, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner. These four players form the backbone of the team’s offensive attack, and management seems committed to building around them. Trading Marner would disrupt this core and signal a major shift in the team’s direction.

2. Focus on Goaltending and Defense

The Leafs’ biggest weaknesses in recent seasons have been in net and on the blue line. General manager Brad Treliving has made it clear that addressing these areas is a priority. Trading Marner would likely necessitate a return that includes goaltending or defensive help, potentially sacrificing offensive firepower for defensive stability.

3. Marner’s Value to the Team

Mitch Marner is an elite playmaker and a dynamic offensive force. He consistently ranks among the league leaders in points and is a key contributor on both the power play and penalty kill. His value to the Maple Leafs extends beyond the scoresheet, as he’s also a leader in the dressing room and a fan favorite.

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