NOVEMBER 21, 2017 | 4:00pm ET
TheFourthPeriod.com

LEAFS UNLIKELY TO TRADE TOP, YOUNG FORWARD

 
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William Nylander, forward

 
 

As the rumor mill picked up steam Sunday and Monday over the possibility of the Toronto Maple Leafs moving forward William Nylander, things quickly came to a halt late Monday and early Tuesday.

Nylander was rumored to be involved in a deal for star defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes, but as many have now reported, that is not the case.

The Arizona Coyotes remain adamant about not wanting to trade Ekman-Larsson, especially at this point in the season.

Coyotes GM John Chayka has stated numerous times that he is not going to move the star blueliner.

Late Monday, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported the same, and added that he believes the Maple Leafs are not interested in moving Nylander, whom he categorized as one of the club's "Big 3 kids up front" along with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

The Maple Leafs want to improve their defensive corps and add a top-pair defenseman, but GM Lou Lamoriello has not been overly active on that front, right now.

Trade talks and the search for a top-pair blueliner will likely pick up as the season progresses, but it won't include Nylander and almost certainly won't involve Ekman-Larsson.