William Nylander has been fan favorite since signing with Toronto Maple Leafs, but it might be time to let him go.
It is not easy to hide the love for William Nylander. Fans of Toronto Maple Leafs literally have blogs dedicated to him and his adorable friendship with teammates Kasperi Kapanen, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.
But apart from all the fanfare, there are tough choices in this offseason, and Nylander should be one of them
Kyle Dubas is the newest (and youngest) general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, so he should be ready for some big ones To make power moves. The hottest product of this off season has always been John Tavares, and Toronto is on its narrower selection of teams. It is also his hometown.
Really, the debate will come on salary. Nylander is a pile deposit for the Leafs. If he took his salary off the books, they would surely keep the Auston Matthews and add someone else who was worshiped like Tavares. Nylander is a particularly talented assistant and has a chance to secure the legacy of his surname. He could go for a high amount in a trade.
Nylander is expected to be offered a contract similar to that of David Pastrnak and Nikolaj Ehlers, who would bring him into the ballpark of a 6-year $ 40- $ 42 million contract with a cap-hit of $ 6 million , Here's the problem – Matthews and Marner only have one more year on their entry-level contracts. Someone like Matthews could possibly collect a sum equal to Jack Eichel (8 years, $ 80 million, $ 10 million cap) or Connor McDavid (8 years, $ 100 million, 12.5 million cap), and Tavares will probably be somewhere between $ 11- 12 million per season, so it will be very expensive.
So why is Toronto keeping Nylander in check? Chemistry, pure and simple. He has a great feeling while skating with Matthews and Marner in particular. Her friendship outside the ice means her undeniable support on the ice. It is rare to see that, but it is not rare enough to lose someone like Tavares.
Nylander is good, but he even fades away from his colleagues. He needs a team that can get him to be a franchisee, not one who has him behind Matthews at a discount store. It could almost be argued that his talent is wasted on the Leafs … so it's best for all parties to go on and on.
The Leafs fans need a cup. Since 1967 there are no more World Championships. They are almost on their knees and beg for one. Tavares and Matthews together would be an impressive couple and would probably make a cup campaign easy. It's an easy decision on paper, but it will undoubtedly scratch feathers. Honestly, it will result in Dubas and his desire to make an impression. There are no happy endings here.