William Nylander remains an unsigned restricted free agent, and the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading addressed speculation surrounding the possibility of a trade or an offer sheet.
Pierre LeBrun ran with the ball on this front, asked by James Duthie about potential vultures circling on the trade front if the Leafs aren’t able to reach a contract agreement with the Nylander camp.
“That’s begun to happen, as you might suspect,” indicated LeBrun. “Hey, why not if you’re another team watching this drag out. I’m told a couple of teams have phoned over the past seven days, and I’m told they got a uniform answer from Kyle Dubas, which is, ‘No thanks, we’re not trading him. We’re going to sign this guy.’ So for now, that’s not an avenue I don’t think at all.
“In the meantime, you’ve heard whispers from around the league - I think it’s people gossiping more than anything else - about the value of an offer sheet. Would a team be willing to do that to the Leafs and try and get Nylander on a one-year deal at say $8.1 million. The idea being that would be a difficult qualifying offer for the Leafs to absorb next year.
“Forget about it. The Leafs have a ton of cap room. They would match under any circumstance. And, in fact, I’m told the Nylander camp is not focused on that at all right now. They’re absolutely focused on trying to get a deal done with the Leafs.
“In fact, as Bob said about the dialogue continuing, I’m told that Kyle Dubas and the agent, Lewis Gross, had a conversation in the past 24 hours. That’s the focus, and the rest is all white noise at this point.”
Nylander finished up his entry-level contract, and will need another year of pro before he’s eligible for arbitration.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly