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SportsMaple Leafs solve a lot of problems by trading Patrick Marleau

11:30  23 june  2019
11:30  23 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Leafs’ Kyle Dubas prepared to keep Patrick Marleau, and deal with offer sheets on his free agents

Leafs’ Kyle Dubas prepared to keep Patrick Marleau, and deal with offer sheets on his free agents VANCOUVER—It is likely that Patrick Marleau, who would like to return to a California-based team, will remain a Maple Leaf, GM Kyle Dubas said Thursday night. “I don’t sense there’s any real pressure,” Dubas said. “We’ll continue to do what’s right for the organization and go from there. “If Patrick Marleau were back with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the beginning of next year, it wouldn’t be a problem for Patrick. There’s a strong chance he’ll be back next season.” The Leafs, who continue to talk with restricted free agents Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, are facing a cap crunch. They could manufacture about $16 million (all figures U.S.

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Maple Leafs solve a lot of problems by trading Patrick Marleau© Frank Gunn The road to a long-term contract with Mitch Marner, left, is much clearer after the Leafs traded Patrick Marleau to the Hurricanes on Saturday.

VANCOUVER—Patrick Marleau traded, creating cap space. Deals for Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen imminent. Talks with Mitch Marner’s camp continuing.

All in all, it was an interesting Saturday for Kyle Dubas, the ever optimistic general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“You try to be realistic as well, but we want to keep our young players as part of our team,” Dubas said of negotiations with the Leafs’ pending free agents. “We’ll continue to work toward that. We have some time left. You hope you don’t go down to the final hour.

Maple Leafs trade Patrick Marleau to Carolina

Maple Leafs trade Patrick Marleau to Carolina Maple Leafs trade Patrick Marleau to Carolina

The Leafs ’ Patrick Marleau , now 39, is a classy veteran player in his 21st season in the NHL. That’s never happened before in Leafs history. Marleau , beloved by his teammates and heralded as an important father figure on a young team, deserves a share of the credit for being part of that success.

Patrick Marleau traded by Toronto Maple Leafs to Carolina Hurricanes, who are expected to buy out last year of Marleau ’s contract. General manager Doug Wilson has a lot of work to do this summer, but if rumors are true and Patrick Marleau is on the trading block, the Sharks GM needs to get

“We hope it comes to a good conclusion for everybody.”

With Marner, Johnsson and Kapanen due to become restricted free agents on July 1 and able to talk to rival teams starting Sunday, trading Marleau certain makes Dubas’s job easier.

Marleau handled his departure, which had seemed inevitable, with class. The aging winger — he’ll be 40 when the season begins — waived a no-movement clause to go to the Carolina Hurricanes, who will likely buy him out. That will give him the chance to, hopefully, return to the San Jose Sharks to finish his career where it began.

Far from seeing a buyout as humiliating, the surefire hall of famer added to his reputation as a team-first guy. He knew his contract — $6.25 million (all dollars U.S.) is the cap hit — was standing in the way of the Leafs’ progress. He left his mark on the team.

Marleau thanks Maple Leafs organization, fans following trade

Marleau thanks Maple Leafs organization, fans following trade Marleau thanks Maple Leafs organization, fans following trade

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have freed up valuable salary-cap space by trading veteran forward Patrick Marleau The Maple Leafs acquired a 2020 draft pick from Carolina in a deal that saves Toronto .25 million in salary-cap space. The 39-year-old Marleau is

Marleau ’s decision to join the Maple Leafs isn’t entirely surprising considering his longstanding relationship with head coach Mike Babcock. General manager Doug Wilson has a lot of work to do this summer, but if rumors are true and Patrick Marleau is on the trading block, the Sharks GM

“It’s almost impossible (to describe) when it comes to what he’s done off the ice. It’s really hard to quantify. He was incredible for our young guys,” said Dubas.

Marleau wrote a lovely goodbye note on his wife’s Twitter account, saying he was grateful to wear the iconic blue and white and adding a special note to Marner and Auston Matthews, who were almost adopted sons to the Marleau family.

“To Auston and Mitch, a special thank you for welcoming us into the Leafs family and then becoming a part of ours,” Marleau wrote. “You will always have a spot at our dinner table, and extra sticks in our hockey room. I’ll miss seeing you at the rink every day. Never forget how good you guys are. Thank you again Leafs nation, I think you all are in pretty good hands.”

The price was high. The Hurricanes also get a first-round pick — in 2020 or, if that one is in the top 10, 2021 — plus a seventh-rounder in 2020. The Leafs receive a 2020 sixth-round selection.

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Patrick Marleau recorded his first point against the Sharks Thursday. Mitch Marner said the Toronto Maple Leafs owed Marleau a win in San Jose and they delivered General manager Doug Wilson has a lot of work to do this summer, but if rumors are true and Patrick Marleau is on the trading block

The Maple Leafs have traded Patrick Marleau to the Hurricanes in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick, the team announced on Saturday. Toronto will also send a conditional first-round pick in 2020 and a seventh-round pick in 2020 to Carolina as well. MORE: NHL free agency 2019: List of all 31 teams'

It was a price that needed to be paid, and it solves a lot of the Leafs’ salary-cap issues. Dubas was reluctant to add a prospect, or a player off his roster, to move Marleau.

“When you’re talking about a $6.25-million cap hit, you start to have to pay a hefty price,” said Dubas. “To accommodate the wishes of the Marleaus, after all he’s done for us, sometimes you do things like that.”

The Leafs have $13.5 million in room and 16 players under contract, according to Capfriendly.com — after the league announced a lower-than-expected cap of $81.5 million per team for next season.

They can add $5.3 million of Nathan Horton’s salary once he goes on long-term injured reserve — and for that matter some of Zach Hyman’s $2.25 million as well, if he needs to go on the long-term list while recovering from a torn ACL.

That’s around $20 million, which should be enough to sign all of those problem restricted free agents who deserve big raises: Marner in the $10-million neighbourhood, with Kapanen and Johnsson at $3 million to $3.5 million annually on multi-year deals.

“We’re very close,” Dubas said of deals for Johnsson and Kapanen. “They’re at the finish line. Just have to punch them across.”

Hurricanes to buy out Marleau's contract

Hurricanes to buy out Marleau's contract The Carolina Hurricanes will buy out the final year of Patrick Marleau's contract, general manager Don Waddell told Luke DeCock of the News & Observer on Thursday. Carolina acquired the 39-year-old from the Toronto Maple Leafs via trade at the draft and owes Marleau his $3-million signing bonus plus $833,333 split over the next two years, DeCock adds. The Leafs packaged Marleau along with a conditional first-round pick and a seventh-rounder in 2020 to offload his $6.25-million cap hit and received a sixth-round selection in return. Marleau hasn't missed a game since the 2008-09 campaign and registered 16 goals and 21 assists for Toronto last season.

Toronto Maple Leafs ' Patrick Marleau (12) is photographed Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock says that the relationship Marleau is developing with Matthews and Marner spills over into his young stars’ games on the ice. General manager Doug Wilson has a lot of work to do this summer, but if rumors

The Maple Leafs jumped at the chance to add a player with Marleau 's ability and experience to a young core poised to contend. "It's not every day that Lamoriello said signing Marleau was a luxury the Maple Leafs can afford now. They also signed 36-year-old center Dominic Moore (one year,

Dubas, however, didn’t sound hopeful that there would be enough money to keep defenceman Jake Gardiner, who becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

“We still don’t have that amount, but we love Jake,” said Dubas. “Until we solve Mitch’s situation, it’s impossible to engage with anybody.”

Marner is the focus, in terms of dollar value and length of contract. His camp has pointed at Matthews’ deal, worth $11.634 million per season, while the Leafs are believed to want Marner at under $10 million — more in line with the $9.5-million salary of the Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov, the Hart Trophy winner.

“It’s a new landscape in the NHL. I’ve never seen the kind of things that take place now,” said coach Mike Babcock, adding he didn’t think signing Marner would be a problem. “Mitch likes being a Leaf. He’s from Toronto.”

Marleau’s departure creates an opening at left wing. Hyman will probably miss a month or two of the regular season. Johnsson and Trevor Moore are incumbents. Maybe Connor Brown moves up.. There could be some great battles in training camp among Nic Petan, Ilya Mikheyev and Yegor Korshkov.

“Mikheyev is going to be a big part of our hockey camp,” said Babcock. “That’s why we have training camp. We have lots of time. This freed up a bunch of cap space that we needed, and we go from here.”

As for losing leadership, there’s no doubt Marleau was beloved and respected in the room.

“He was big part in recruiting John Tavares,” said Babcock, who also singled out the leadership abilities of Tavares, Morgan Rielly and Frederik Andersen.

“We have a good leadership core in our group. We need these young guys — Mitch and (Matthews) and Willie (Nylander) — to continue to evolve and become leaders themselves. Leadership isn’t about what you say. It’s about doing it right every day, finding a new way to reinvent yourself every summer as a pro to continue to get better.”

Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran

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