There has always been a belief that Martin Marincin would be a Leafs two years after the league folded, but that has been called into question today.
According to a report from iSport, #Leafs free agent Martin Marincin is set to sign with HC Ocelari Trinec in the Czech league.
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) June 10, 2021
Another native of Košice is to come to Třinec – the experienced Martin Marinčin.
Twenty-nine-year-old Marinčin, chosen by Edmonton as the No. 46 draft pick in 2010, has been overseas for the past eleven years. He played a total of 227 games (5 + 29) in the NHL for the Oilers and Toronto, and another nine in the Stanley Cup. Last season he did not win a place in the Maple Leafs, he played 14 matches (1 + 4) for the Marlies on the farm in the AHL. With the same club in 2018 he celebrated a victory in the Calder Cup.
Marinčin has a similar figure (192 cm / 95 kg) and game style as Gernát. He can also significantly support the offensive. At the domestic world championships in 2019, he collected 7 points (3 + 4) in 7 matches. He played for the World Championship for Slovakia a total of three times, represented at the Olympics, and used to be a permanent member of the youth teams (3x World Championships under 20, 2x World Championships under 18). Back in Edmonton, he met defender David Musil, they played together on a farm for the Oklahoma City Barons and briefly in the NHL for the Oilers.
Marinčin should join the team during the training camp in Slovakia. The new assistant coach Aleš Krátoška (46) has been officially introduced to the players so far. It will be complemented by the existing tandem of Václav Varaďa – Marek Zadina. He will continue his cooperation with Varaďa in Třinec for national teams under the age of 19 and 20.
Of course, nothing is certain on this. There hasn’t been an official announcement, nor do we know if there is a potential NHL out clause for Marincin if he receives an offer from an NHL club, but with Marincin not playing with the Leafs at all this season, it’s unlikely that there’s much a future left for him in North America.
Marincin certainly was polarizing for a depth player. Initially he was statistically good, and at the AHL level he was a star. It was also difficult to watch him skate, and no one seemed more committed to moving less on the ice.
I’m sure we can all wish Marty the best as he goes to play for his hometown team.