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Nylander's Massive Contract Demands may Force the Leafs to Trade Him

Published June 27, 2023 at 8:43

It has been reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander might not agree on the terms of a new contract. This situation could put General Manager Brad Treliving in a tough spot where he may have to consider trade options.


Nylander's High Demands

Nylander has always been vocal about his self-worth. He has a reputation for being tough during contract negotiations, which was evident when he signed his current deal.

Nylander, who might feel undervalued right now, wants a significant increase in his salary, and he doesn't seem willing to negotiate.


He is asking for a new contract worth over $9 million, which is a lot of money for a player at his level. He has proven himself with an impressive performance, scoring 87 points last season, which puts him among the highest-paid players in the league.

On the other hand, the Leafs are suggesting a salary closer to $8 million, which seems reasonable when compared to players like Sebastian Aho, Roope Hintz, and Mika Zibanejad, who are earning between $8.4 and $8.5 million.

In contrast, top-tier players like Kirill Kaprizov, Mikko Rantanen, and Matthew Tkachuk are making between $9 and $9.5 million.

The significant difference between these two groups suggests that Nylander might be overestimating his value. This could make the Leafs seriously consider trading him.

Conditions for a Trade

Several factors need to come together for Nylander to be considered for a trade:

-His strong stance on the high-priced contract.

-A team willing to pay over $9 million.

-A team that can offer the Leafs assets to stay competitive in the short and long term.

The possible trade package would include a player or two slightly below Nylander's skill level, along with a promising young player and a high draft pick.

A Possible Trade Scenario

There is talk of a potential trade that could look like this:

To TOR: Elias Lindholm, Matthew Coronato, and a 2024 3rd round pick.

To CAL: William Nylander, with a contract extension of 8 years at $9 million per year.

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