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LEAFS GM KYLE DUBAS RESPONDS TO CALLS TO TRADE MITCH MARNER

After the Toronto Maple Leafs early exit from the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it seemed every fan and analyst had an idea for fixing the team. Calls for more grit and defense, as well as better goaltending could be found all over the internet and television. Most did not expect the Columbus Blue Jackets to simply roll over for the Leafs, but Toronto is expected to be winning now. That, combined with the fact that the team hasn't made it past the first round of the playoffs since 2004 (Ottawa Senators), is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the faithful.

For Toronto to pick up anything of value, regardless of the position, something valuable will need to go the other way. Several fans have suggested shipping 23-year-old Mitch Marner out of town. The young winger is on the first year of the six year deal worth $10.89 million per season. In an end of season news conference Wednesday, he even admitted to being disengaged for game one versus Columbus.


So, has Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas heard the calls to trade his young star? He has, according to an appearance on the Tim & Sid show. As for whether he would do it, Dubas had a blunt answer.



"With regards to us moving Mitch Marner, it’s not gonna happen," Dubas told the hosts.

Earlier in the day, Dubas seemed frustrated over the criticism of Marner.

"To criticize Mitch Marner I think is crazy," said Dubas. I think the people who criticize him now will deeply regret it based on the way he'll perform in the remaining term of his career as a Maple Leaf, which to me should be his entire career"

"He plays his ass off every night, plays every situation, makes a ton of plays," Dubas continued. "Everything he does wrong, people jump all over him."

For Leaf fans offering Marner as a sacrifice for better defense or goaltending, you'll have to look elsewhere. Marner ended the series against the Blue Jackets with four assists (no goals) in five games.


TIM TUCKER
AUGUST 12, 2020  (20H27)
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