Latest Trade Proposal Emerges Sending William Nylander to the Hurricanes

Elliot Ben Jacob
May 28, 2023  (5:02 PM)

The Speculation Surrounding William Nylander's Trade

William Nylander is at the center of ongoing trade speculations, triggering fans' curiosity about the potential return should he be traded.
Despite Brendan Shanahan's reassurances to the 'core four' of their secure status, the incoming Leafs GM might consider a plan involving the trade of one of these key members. William Nylander, with one year left on his contract, appears to be a likely candidate.

Nylander to Hurricanes: A Potential Trade Proposal


Rumors of Nylander's potential trade to the Hurricanes have sparked interesting debates. While the proposed trade has left many fans questioning its rationale, it opens up intriguing possibilities for both teams.

How Toronto Could Benefit From the Trade

From Toronto's standpoint, the trade could help distribute talent more evenly throughout the team. Despite Nylander's impressive 87-point performance in the last season, the Leafs might consider trading him for Brady Skjei and Teuvo Teravainen, who jointly accumulated 75 points.
In theory, betting on Teravainen's return to form and expecting Skjei to play a top-four role in Toronto could lead to a more balanced team. With a healthy Teravainen, who's capable of scoring over 60 points, coupled with Auston Matthews or Mitch Marner, the team could potentially gain an 80+ point scorer.
Equally, Skjei's reliable and balanced defensive abilities, proven during his tenure in Carolina, make him a favorite in the eyes of statistics.
Furthermore, partnering Skjei with a player like Timothy Liljegren could accelerate Liljegren's development and form a formidable duo.

What Could This Trade Mean for Carolina?

The trade presents an exciting proposition: acquiring a top tier first-line player like Nylander in exchange for a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. Nylander could offer substantial value if partnered with Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov.
For such a trade to take place, Carolina would have to be sure of re-signing Shayne Gostisbehere and promoting him to the second pairing. Achieving this, along with signing a UFA like Damon Severson and gaining a free agent would likely make Carolina ok with the idea of letting go of two significant players.
This proposed trade is a definitely an interesting prospect that could give both teams the push they need to reach the Stanley cup.