The Toronto Maple Leafs have contacted teams about a trade for William Nylander
Sportsnet: Mike Johnston reports the Toronto Maple Leafs are exploring the option of trading William Nylander, 22, as the restricted free agent continues his contract standoff.
“They’re at a point where they’re beginning to test the market,” Elliotte Friedman said Saturday during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “Word is that they have asked teams to inform them who teams or interested parties would not be willing to move and also to begin to preparing formal offers for the unsigned Toronto winger.”
Nick Kypreos reported that he has heard the team’s priority remains to sign the eighth-overall pick from 2014 and that talks are ongoing. Kypreos added that some have suggested to him the Maple Leafs may be willing to give Nylander a contract similar to the six-year, $40-million deal David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins.
“We do believe that if the Leafs are going to make a short-term deal it might not come until the end of November in the last minute,” Kypreos said. “A lot of suggestions saying that number would have to be around $18 million for three years but right now still no traction.”
The Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings are two of the teams reportedly interested in pursuing the talented Swede.