With the season underway Wednesday evening, how does the NHL trade scene look this early in October?
Darren Dreger had an appearance on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 less than a few hours before the puck dropped on the first game of the 2018-19 campaign, and was asked about that and to what he’d be paying attention in particular this month in that player movement realm.
“There hasn’t really been any trade talk,” indicated Dreger. “I mean, you see some minor stuff go down. The waiver wire has been pretty active over the last few days. I know the Montreal Canadiens made a minor deal earlier today.
“The only name that makes sense that we’re going to have to pay attention to in the days and perhaps weeks ahead here on the signing front or trade front is William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs. There’s been no progress there. There hasn’t been a lot of dialogue. Maybe something has changed this afternoon. I don’t get that sense.
“I remind people Nylander is a restricted free agent, like every other restricted free agent - doesn’t have a contract. So he’s entitled to continue this stalemate as long as he’s comfortable. But he’s got to sign by December 1, otherwise he can’t play.
“So I know the Leafs, they’ve been getting calls on William Nylander, teams asking whether or not Kyle Dubas would consider trading him. The answer is no right now, but maybe that changes if you get into later October or early November.
“So we’ll pay attention to that.”
Nylander’s entry-level contract has expired, and his camp and the Leafs remain at an impasse on a new deal for the restricted free agent forward.
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