With only two days left before William Nylander has to sit out the season it seems that the Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to trade their start player. The New York Islanders can get in on that with their deep defensive pool.
Every team in the NHL, inlcuding the New York Islanders, have already been advise by Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas to submit their trade lists for the 21-year-old. William Nylander some time ago. Now it seems like the Leafs GM is making calls to team to see what he can get.
There are two days remaining for the Toronto Maple Leafs and RFA William Nylander to come to agreement on an new contract. If they don’t agree to terms by December 1st at 5pm EST then William Nylander will have to sit out then rest of the 2018-19 NHL season.
The Leafs obviously want to avoid having a 61 point winger sit out the rest of the year. But if a deal can’t be done they’d be willing to trade him according to Pierre LeBrun today.
What To Give?
Getting Nylander would be a huge get for the Islanders. The 21-year-old has back-to-back 61 point seaons in the NHL and will only get better as he gets older. He could fit right into the Islanders top six.
In return, the Leafs need defensemen. Obviously they need blue liners with a lower cap hit so they don’t find themselves in this situation again next season when Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews are up for contracts.
In terms of young promising blue liners the Islanders have a long list. To land Nylander, the Islanders should be willing to part with any of them except for eleventh overall pick in last years draft Noah Dobson.
That means any of Bode Wilde, Mitchell Vande Sompel, Parker Wotherspoon, or Sebastian Aho can be packaged to Leafs in order to bring in Nylander. I can even be convinced that Devon Toews can be sent to Toronto for Nylander.
The Islanders have a few good NHL blue liners that they can part with as well that sit on cap friendly deals suxh as Adam Pelech or Scott Mayfield (although neither is playing excellent hockey of late).
Nylander is a versatile forward who can excel on the wing or right down the middle as a center. And the Islanders have the cap space to pay him.
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If Kyle Dubas is shopping around the New York Islanders are going to have some steep competition around the NHL. They aren’t the only ones with a few good blue liners and with cap space. But with what the Isles have they can make a serious run at one of the Leafs young-guns.
I still prefer Mark Stone as a target over William Nylander. But when a premier restricted free agent comes to market like William Nylander, the New York Islanders have to try to get him.