The Vancouver Canucks were apparently one of the teams that tried to take a swing at landing William Nylander during his contract impasse.
Elliotte Friedman had a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650.
The Insider was asked for his thoughts on a Monday trade involving the Canucks, who shipped out Jonathan Dahlen to the San Jose Sharks to get Linus Karlsson, and dropped that little nugget related to Nylander.
“I was really interested in hearing Trent Cull’s comments today, that he didn’t say anything negative about Dahlen,” noted Friedman. “Obviously I heard what was said yesterday during the press conferences on all of the various platforms. It was clear that this was a player who had run afoul of the Canucks organization for one thing or another.
“I will tell you this: The one thing I did hear yesterday was that in the eleventh hour of the whole Nylander situation back at the end of November/beginning of December, I think the Canucks tried to get him. And I believe Dahlen was in the package. I don’t think Toronto was particularly interested in him.
“I really hesitate to give up on young kids. I think that this has been a tough year. The one thing I always try to remember is what a complete cementhead I was when I was in my early 20s. I would just say that if this guy was having a rough year, and it sounds like he sure was, I personally don’t write off anyone who has maybe a rough situation early in their careers.
“Now, the Canucks know him better than we do. They have better intel on him than we do. I can just tell you that I don’t think Toronto was really interested in him as part of that package for Nylander, and I do think his - I don’t know - the belief in him around the league is definitely down.
“But that doesn’t mean it’s over.”
As a follow-up, Friedman was asked if the Leafs were ever close to trading Nylander.
“No, I don’t think so,” replied Friedman. “I think they had some requests, but I don’t think there was ever anything that made them think about seriously doing it.”
Nylander signed a six-year, $45 million contract at the start of December.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly