Leafs Best Move for Nylander Might be to Do Nothing

Published August 30, 2023 at 1:07 PM

The Leafs' next priority is to figure out their William Nylander situation. However, doing nothing might be the best move for the club.

Treliving's Options

With Auston Matthews recently re-signing for $13.3 for 4 years, the room for Nylander in the cap continues to shrink. There are a few options that Brad Treliving has regarding Nylander - sign him, trade him, or let him walk.

It's clear that Nylander is pretty determined to get what he believes he is worth. So the likelihood of getting a valuable contract for him is getting lower and lower with each passing day.

A trade is tricky. The Leafs would be looking to trade Nylander as a year 1 rental to a team going all in. It's unlikely they will get the return they need to accomplish that same task, as they continue their quest to go on a long playoff run themselves.

Let Him Walk for Nothing?

To be clear, this isn't the best option for the Leafs. However, with the other options seeming to be harder to obtain as time goes on, letting Nylander walk becomes a better option.


Right now Nylander is on one of the best contracts in the NHL. He is a top-end scoring talent, who performs in the playoffs and is playing for just under 7 million. If the Leafs are looking to go all in this year, they could treat him as their own 1-year rental, especially if they are unable to get more value for Nylander than he is worth this year.

As seen on Editor in Leaf - "Toronto Maple Leafs: Letting Nylander Walk Maybe Better Than Trade"
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Leafs Best Move for Nylander Might be to Do Nothing

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