Paul Bissonnette wants to keep Core Four together one more year

Tyler Ball
May 20, 2024  (5:21 PM)

NHL analyst Paul Bissonnette speaking during his Spittin Chiclets podcast.
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Today NHL analyst Paul Bissonnette spoke about Mitch Marner and his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs he believes the team should keep Mitch Marner around.

Today Paul Bissonnette who has been very vocal about the Toronto Maple Leafs spoke about the core four. He made the controversial statement that the team should keep Mitch Marner and run it back one more time with the core four.
I want them to roll it back one more year with everybody... Make Mitch Marner making 11 million bucks have a contract year.

Paul Bissonnette goes on to explain that the Toronto Maple Leafs should make Mitch Marner earn his next contract whether that is with the Maple Leafs or elsewhere. He also mentions that this is assuming Mitch Marner envokes his no-trade clause. This likely means Paul Bissonnette would be open to trading Mitch Marner but don't let the player control the situation.
This would be a risky move for the Toronto Maple Leafs that could pay off or backfire. The best-case scenario is Mitch Marner comes in and plays lights out leading the Maple Leafs to a Stanley Cup. At that point, without an extension, his price would go up significantly.
In a worst-case scenario, Mitch Marner comes back and struggles and you end up trading him at the trade deadline for a discount or let him walk for free. The risk of making this mistake might not be worth the reward that keeping Mitch Marner might possibly bring.
It seems as though Paul Bissonnette's grand plan won't end up having a chance of working out. According to a report from Frank Seravalli a Mitch Marner trade is all but guaranteed this summer.
I think there is a five percent chance or less that Mitch Marner is back

As the offseason continues there will continue to be debate about what to do with Mitch Marner. Once the Maple Leafs end up making a decision we will cover all of the fall out that comes with the move they decide to make.
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Paul Bissonnette wants to keep Core Four together one more year

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