November 10, 2018 | 4:49pm ET
MAPLE LEAFS EXPANDING TRADE OPTIONS FOR NYLANDER
William Nylander, winger
The Toronto Maple Leafs are increasing their options with respect to trading restricted free agent William Nylander and while a deal is not yet imminent, they’ve made it known they’re officially open for business.
Nylander, 22, remains unsigned and continues to seek a long-term contract worth north of $7 million per season, something the Maple Leafs are not yet willing to agree to.
As TFP reported last week, teams have across Nylander about what type of contract he is looking for, with the Carolina Hurricanes expressing significant interest, though an offer-sheet is not yet being considered.
The Los Angeles Kings, as TFP was first to report last month, are also extremely interested in Nylander, having offered a deal that includes defenceman Jake Muzzin and left wing Tanner Pearson as part of a package, and roughly 12 other teams have also expressed interest in Nylander.
During Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported the Leafs are finally “beginning to test the market” across the League on Nylander.
Friedman indicated the Leafs are now prepared to accept “formal offers for the unsigned Toronto winger.”
It’s believed the New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks are among the teams also interested in Nylander.
Nylander must sign with the Leafs, or another team, by Dec. 1 or he will not be eligible to play in the NHL this season. In 82 games with the Leafs last season, he registered 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points.