I think Marner is the better player, but only in terms of points. Couts is far better defensively than any center that Toronto has. Plus, he is the line driver for whatever line he is on. Marner plays with Matthews. Couts doesn't play with another elite player/goal scorer of that caliber. Then there's salary to consider. Absolutely no way the Flyers would entertain Marner at the expense of Couturier. Defensively, it's a step back. Offensively, it's a step up. But he wouldn't be as productive with Kevin Hayes as out 1C. Another reason not to consider it, Kevin Hayes would become our 1C. Plus, Couturier makes 4.75 million to 10.9 million for Marner. Even though we are going to need to pay Couts, it isn't going to be anywhere near 10 million.