4 Teams That Should Try to Steal Mitch Marner From the Leafs

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 11:  Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on March 11, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 6-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Lightning v Toronto Maple Leafs | Claus Andersen

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and could find himself a new home because of the Leafs current salary cap situation. Which teams could afford to offer sheet Marner and give up the necessary compensation?

4. New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 29: Jimmy Vesey #26 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game winning goal against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2019 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Blues 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
St Louis Blues v New York Rangers | Bruce Bennett

The New York Rangers will have over $19 million heading into free agency this year and are currently among the favorites for Artemi Panarin. If the Rangers turn their attention to getting younger through free agency as well as having the second-overall pick in the draft, offering Marner could be a huge addition in the Big Apple.

3. Ottawa Senators

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 11: Players of The Ottawa Senators celebrate a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period at Wells Fargo Center on March 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers won 3-2. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers | Drew Hallowell

The Ottawa Senators are a mess, but being aggressive in free agency could fix a good portion of it. The Senators do not have their first-round pick this year, and would have trouble building through the draft without much draft capital. Turning to Marner makes sense if they can pull it off.

2. New York Islanders

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: A general view of the ice surface and the New York Islanders logo prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders - Game Two | Bruce Bennett

The New York Islanders are in the running for a few big name free agents because of the amount of cap space they will have going into this summer. They could easily afford to tip the Maple Leafs hand by offer sheeting Marner, and either forcing the Leafs to pay a lot more then they want to in order to keep the young stud, or making an offer they are unable to match and getting a 22-year-old coming off of a 94 point season.

1. Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 27: The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate a 5-4 shoot-out win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center on March 27, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers | Bruce Bennett

The Philadelphia Flyers not only have the cap space to make a big play for Marner, but if the Leafs were to attempt to move him prior to free agency, the Flyers would also be first in line. The Flyers are in line to make a splash in free agency anyway, why not go after the biggest fish and instantly put themselves back in playoff contention?