Concrete Patrik Laine trade proposal emerges between the Leafs and Blue Jackets

Julien Trekker
June 14, 2024  (2:30 PM)

Patrik Laine with the logo of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Photo credit: Columbus Dispatch

A concrete trade proposal involving Patrik Laine emerged between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Leafs have many holes to fill in their lineup, and to do so, the Columbus Blue Jackets could be the perfect trade partners.
It was recently confirmed that Patrik Laine is looking for a fresh start and asked for a trade out of Columbus.
While adapting to a market like Toronto can be hard for players, getting a fresh start with an opportunity to play on the Leafs' top six doesn't come around often.
It has been suggested that Laine could be a part of a blockbuster deal with two other important members of the Blue Jackets in return for Mitch Marner.
There have been a lot of rumors going around about Marner's future in Toronto. Considering Marner is entering the final year of his contract with the Leafs, all that happened in the recent playoffs, and general manager Brad Treliving confirming he wouldn't dismiss any options on the table to make his team better for the start of next season, it wouldn't be surprising to see Marner being traded this summer.
Contract extension rumors also circulated, but let's focus on the trade scenario.

Trade proposal involving Patrik Laine and Mitch Marner emerges

Marner's recent performances in the playoffs haven't affected his value on the trade market. Teams around the league know what he can bring to the table, and the price to get him will be high.
It's not the same for Patrik Laine. Once again, after a lot of struggles in Columbus, he asked for a trade to get a fresh start. While his talent is undeniable, he doesn't have the best reputation. That's why if the Blue Jackets want to trade him and get something interesting in return, they'll need to pay.
If Don Waddell, the new President and general manager of the Blue Jackets, wants to get Marner, they could have to send great players like Elvis Merzlikins and Kent Johnson, according to the following scenario:

#LeafsForever trades:
Mitch Marner

#CBJ trades:
Patrik Laine
Elvis Merzlikins
Kent Johnson "

In Toronto, Merzlikins and Johnson would get a chance to compete for a top team, while Marner could flourish in a smaller market in Columbus.
It wouldn't solve the Leafs' blue line problems, but they'd get an interesting goaltender, a very promising prospect, and a talented player looking to bounce back from a tough season.
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Concrete Patrik Laine trade proposal emerges between the Leafs and Blue Jackets

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