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DEAR GOD NO! Kypreos Speculates On Marner

Let’s get something out of the way right up front. I don’t think that Kypreos is saying this deal has been discussed. I don’t think he’s saying it’s going to happen. And I don’t think that Nick Kypreos is correct in his speculation. Now that all of that has been said, let’s take a look at what Nick Kypreos has put out to the world.

In seeing this, your initial reaction is probably to kill it with fire, right? Good. That’s the appropriate response. Marner is a top line talent who is currently have a bad run of luck. He put up 60 points as a rookie, his slow start still has him on pace for over 40 points as a 20 year old, and it’s probably a safe bet that he’s going to get better. If anything, you don’t trade Marner right now, you do a happy dance that once the team can re-sign him, it might not be for the $8M/yr that some were initially estimating.

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If you do trade Marner, you probably don’t do use the Peter Chiarelli template for getting a deal done. You don’t trade Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, and it’s funny that Kypreos basically is implying that Chiarelli would try to undo his mistake by doing the same thing to the Leafs.

Darnell Nurse is a particularly worrisome name to have mentioned because in some ways it seems plausible the Leafs could do this. He’s not bad, for one thing. Despite being a definite stay at home type, he’s smart with the puck, can skate, can hit, can fight, and would be a welcome 4th defenseman on most teams. The Leafs certainly want a blue line that’s tougher to play against, but my stars would this be an over payment to get that. I know that I could love Darnell Nurse as a Leaf, but I would never want to give up Mitch Marner to get him.

This speculation stems largely from an Oilers fan wanting to know what it would take get Marner, and that’s probably where we need to throw this idea out. They are looking for offensive talent to supplement McDavid now that Chiarelli has shipped off Hall and Eberle for pennies on the dollar. When you look at the Oilers roster and acknowledge that McDavid, Draisaitl, and Klefbom are untouchable, Nurse is the probably the most appealing, attainable name. I’d be inclined to use Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as a starting point, but again, I’m not sure that’s worth it for the Leafs given that Marner is younger and will likely have a greater offensive upside over his career, so again that brings us back to Nurse, especially when you consider what the Leafs most immediate need is.

The reality of the situation is that Marner is not going anywhere. He’s probably going to get an 8 year deal over the summer that some of us will think is too high and some of us will think is fair market value. Over the course of that deal we’ll debate whether he should be traded on what will probably be a weekly basis, but the reality is he’s too good to give up.

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So, let’s take the Marner speculation as something interesting that we don’t agree with, and discard it quickly. With Matthews out tonight there is an opportunity for Marner to play a bigger offensive role, and hopefully he’ll take advantage of it, because he really is quite good.


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  • Leaferforlife

    What does Kypreos know about SKILL?? He wouldnt know skill if it smacked him right in the face.. just like Rob Ray did ! Stick to what you know Nic, which isnt much. How you got to be an “expert” at anything other than laying at center ice in the fetal position is beyond me but obviously you know nothing of skill and never did !!!! If it werent for GOONS and thier limited value , well you would never have had a Pro Hockey Career. Stick to reading what is on the teleprompter and dont bother adding your “opinion” because really , it makes you seem stupider than you look.

  • Jroc

    The only way a mariner trade makes sense is if it’s marner + to get a Doughty or OEL because than you probably can’t afford him anyways. Would never win a trade that’s marner for nurse or hanifin + . No thank you

  • Capt.Jay

    On most teams Marner is a blue chip prospect with hopes of becoming a franchise player. You don’t trade a potential franchise guy for a 4th defenseman. He’s struggling now but 60 points as a rookie would have most teams banging on the door for him.

    Would the oil do Kapennen and Dermott? Would we? Is that enough? What would be?


    Kipper a Healy want to be; Here is another SN Stupid Nobody anal yst , just like a coach has a certain amount of time to be heard NickthemouthKipper reached that a couple of years back, why not send him to Healy Island were all SN Stupid Nobody’s go when their lips are moving but have nothing to say!