Why William Nylander has not received an offer sheet
Sportsnet: Chris Johnston reports the reason Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander has not received an offer sheet is it’s a mixture of math and common sense. As one astute member of another team’s front office pointed out, the answer is right there in plain sight in Article 10.4 of the CBA – the one titled “Draft Choice Compensation for Restricted Free Agents.”
It reads: “The number and quality of draft choices due to the Prior Club shall be based on the average annual value of the compensation contained in the Principal Terms … of the New Club’s Offer Sheet (determined by dividing such compensation by the lesser the number of years of the Offer Sheet or five).”
This clause makes the task basically impossible with Nylander, who hasn’t wavered on his desire for a long-term deal.
Let’s say you were willing to give him Leon Draisaitl’s AAV ($8.5 million) over the maximum term allowable (seven years). The total value of that contract would come in at $59.5 million, which when divided by five would be calculated as an $11.9-million offer to the player.
Look where that falls on the NHL’s chart:
|$1,339,575 or below||None|
|Over $1,339,575 to $2,029,659||Third-round choice|
|Over $2,029,659 to $4,059,322||Second-round choice|
|Over $4,059,322 to $6,088,980||First-round and third-round choice|
|Over $6,088,980 to $8,118,641||First-round, second-round and third-round choice|
|Over $8,118,641 to $10,148,302||Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice|
|Over $10,148,302||Four first-round choices|
Four first-round draft choices. Four! Even if you value Nylander highly, as many teams including the Leafs do, that’s an untenable number of non-lottery-protected picks to pay for anyone below the McDavid/Matthews/Laine stratosphere.
Will the Columbus Blue Jackets trade Sergei Bobrovsky?
Sportsnet: Nick Kypreos reports that two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky has already drawn trade interest.
Talk about a no-win situation for the Blue Jackets.
Bobrovsky is a pending UFA who wants Carey Price money and has so far been unwilling to discuss an extension. He is also in possession of a full no-movement clause. Plus, goalies tend not to yield much value on the trade market as it is, and Columbus is a team trying to win now.