The Carolina Hurricanes have recently acquired veteran forward, Patrick Marleau, and what a trade it was. It was clear that the Maple Leafs were going to try and make cap space in order to resign the best winger in Toronto.
When July first hits, winger Mitch Marner becomes a free agent for the first time on his young career. The Maple Leafs as they should, are going to try and resign him.
After giving William Nylander what seems to be a bad deal early on, Cap space became tight in Toronto. They also had Marleau under contract at 6.25 million remaining over one more year.
In order to make room, Toronto sent a conditional 2020 first round pick and 2020 seventh rounder along with Marleau to Carolina in exchange for a 2020 sixth rounder.
Last year, Marleau scored 16 goals and 21 assists or 37 points in 82 games.
The Hurricanes have the cap space realistically with most of their guys on smaller contracts right now.
This also frees up space for the Leafs to try and resign Marner.
Canes GM Don Waddell confirms they hope to sell Patrick Marleau on playing in Carolina. Obviously if that doesn’t succeed then they will buy him out.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 22, 2019
For the chance of a first round pick, this is also a pretty good trade for the Hurricanes.
Even if the Hurricanes buy him out it is worth a top round pick. Marleau can still be a solid fourth line player and a leader in the locker room.
With the way that the cap space issue is going right now, this could set precedents for other teams to follow.