A Patrick Marleau trade looks inevitable

Kyle Dubas’ biggest challenge in his second summer as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs is walking over the tightrope of salary cap hell. Two keys in making his life much, much easier this summer are finding ways to rid himself of Patrick Marleau and Nikita Zaitsev’s contracts.

During last night’s Stanley Cup Final game between the Bruins and Blues, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet suggested that the Leafs and Marleau are ready to part ways. Remember, Marleau has a no-movement clause on his deal, so him being ready to move on from the Leafs and accept a trade elsewhere is key in dumping his contract.

“It sounds like Marleau and the Leafs are set to part ways,” said Nick Kypreos during the ‘Headlines’ segment of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “The family is going to move back to San Jose. Patrick Marleau has made it clear to the Toronto Maple Leafs that he’d like to get closer to his family once again, which means moving to the west coast area.”
There are a few teams who are supposedly in the conversation to land the veteran forward, including one Californian outfit.
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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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