Wiliam Nylander has had his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and negotiations have reached an all-time low as the Leafs are now open to trading their star winger.
On Saturday during a segment on Hockey Night in Canada Elliotte Friedman said: “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.” However, this is not entirely confirmed as of yet but it does show that the Leafs are looking for interested parties.
According to MSN, the two teams that are currently interested in him are Los Angeles Kings and Carolina Hurricanes.
Adding to the increasing pressure is that Nylander needs to find a contact before December first or he's not going to be allowed to play in the 2018-2019 season. This means that he won't really be making any cash since he's not on the ice and participating in the team's events. He will even need to take some more time to get used to the new tactics. All of this means that if he doesn't land a good contract quickly, he'll increasingly feel out of touch with the game.
The Maple Leafs do have an option though, the team may be able to give Nylander a similar contract to the $40-million deal that David Pastrnak managed to get. However, that was a six-year contract, which means he's going to be on the team for the long haul and with the current situation, it doesn't seem like he's getting a ton of support from upper-management at this point. This is bad as it could lead to future issues if he does manage to get a long-term contract.
What This Means
All of this simply means that the team is suffering since they don't have a good player on their side. It also means that he's ruining relationships with his teammates because he is not right beside them at all times. It basically has the potential to ruin the chemistry on the ice, which can cost the team a game because of people not being able to trust each other.