Breaking News: Leafs Force William Nylander to Leave the World Championship

Published May 20, 2023 at 10:33
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Breaking News: Leafs Force William Nylander to Leave the World Championship

In a surprising turn of events, the Toronto Maple Leafs have summoned their player, William Nylander, back to Canada, putting an abrupt halt to his plans of participating in the world championships for Sweden.

The Maple Leafs suffered a disappointing defeat in the second round against the Florida Panthers, a loss that left many of their players hungry for more action. Among them was Nylander, alongside his fellow countryman, Timothy Liljegren. Both had a golden chance to represent Sweden in the world championships.

The news of Nylander's unexpected recall was first announced by Gord Miller of TSN in this tweet:



Trade Incoming?



What makes this a captivating storyline is the Leafs' decision to allow Liljegren to play in the world championships, while holding Nylander back. Is it a coincidence or a calculated strategy?

This appears to be a move motivated by asset protection. By keeping Nylander off the world championship roster, the Leafs mitigate the risk of their valuable player suffering an injury, which could potentially dent his trade worth.

There's another layer to the Leafs' decision - Nylander's modified no trade clause, set to kick in this summer. This clause could be the hidden reason for the Leafs pulling him back to North American soil. If he's to be traded, it would be a lot simpler to do it before his NTC kicks in.

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