The Toronto Maple Leafs are in serious salary cap trouble after the announcement that an arbitrator has awarded goalie Ilya Samsonov a $3.55 million contract for this coming season.
The Maple Leafs are $12 million over the salary cap and if the Leafs use Jake Muzzin’s LTIR, they are still $6.756 million over the cap.
NHL trade rumors have been making the rounds all offseason that the Leafs could trade Nylander rather than sign him to a long-term deal.
Have Leafs management known all along that they would be trading Nylander after the free agent signings of Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi? They do fill the offensive void if Nylander departs, plus add some grit to the lineup.
Why William Nylander will be traded to the Nashville Predators?
There are currently only a handful of teams that have the salary cap space to take on William Nylander’s contract this season and NHL trade rumors have one team that is the ideal trade partner, the Nashville Predators.
The Leafs would love to land a top four defenseman for Nylander but they can’t take on cap space. The Leafs will likely be asking for a first round pick and a top prospect in Nashville’s system for Nylander.