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Would You Trade Mitch Marner For Rasmus Dahlin?

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the biggest challenges they have right now is a top-heavy roster on the cap front – not an issue for teams winning through their stars, but again, that hasn’t been the case in Toronto. Although Auston Matthews appears worth every penny, players like Mitch Marner ($10.9-million AAV) continue to be evaluated.

Top-pairing defenceman Morgan Rielly’s contract is another issue. The deal expires at the end of next season and he is looking at a raise, one he probably can’t get in Toronto, which would put another hole in the blueline....

Even on an expensive deal, few teams have the assets to trade for a player like Marner. That’s where Sabres defenceman Rasmus Dahlin comes into play. The former first-overall pick (2018) has shown signs of brilliance in Buffalo, but it’s been rather inconsistent, and the 2020-21 season was particularly ugly. The offensive playmaking and distributing ability is there in spades; so too, unfortunately, was shoddy off-the-puck play.

What’s hard to tell is how much the Sabres acted as an anchor on Dahlin’s production versus how much Dahlin contributed to Buffalo’s struggles – though just 21 and clearly still developing, it cannot be discounted that Dahlin (who averaged nearly 22 minutes a night last season) was contributory on that front.

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d ca's avatar

Yes for Toronto. No for Buffalo.

Another article criticizing Du(m)bas(s) without having to say the team will never win with the core and needs to have d-men to win in the playoffs.

As I tell the Toronto guy, on (insert months until April) months until Maple Leafs Elimination Day.

Posted by d ca on 07/26/21 at 03:41 PM ET


Is this a joke ? Are you kidding ? There is NO WAY NO HOW Adams even entertains trading Dahlin. The surface hasn’t even been scratched as far as Dahlins talent goes. Ralph Krueger all but did his part to stunt Dahlins growth. We saw once Granato took the coaching reigns and properly used his players the Dahlin started to look like the player we thought he can be.

Posted by goalieguy43 on 07/26/21 at 04:14 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Dahlin stays and Marner stays.  A defenseman for a forward?  This deal ain’t happening.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/26/21 at 05:56 PM ET


Because it’s Buffalo I’ll put it at 50/50.

Posted by godblender on 07/26/21 at 07:19 PM ET


Even Richard Dreyfus as a shrink had his hands full dealing with Leaf management


Posted by exor54 on 07/27/21 at 07:38 AM ET

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