This is the LeVeon Bell of hockey scenario, just kidding not as selfish and greedy but Nylander is likely to not sign with the Maple Leafs and it seems the Leafs are actively shopping the young forward.
Nylander and his agent when this all began over the summer and the Leafs were trying to workout a deal with him, were said to ask for something around 8+ million dollars a year. The Leafs certainly were not offering or granting that with players like David Pastrnak, Nikolaj Ehlers on the market for $6 million. The disputes continued all the way on until now and it seems both parties are in agreement that they will not be reaching a deal.
Nyland is a former 2014 first round eight overall pick. He emerged in the NHL in 2015-16 playing the tail end of the Leafs 15-16 season. He made his mark the following year, totaling 61 points in 81 games, as well as 2017-18 season where he again tallied 61 points in 82 games. Nylander has 185 career games played, 135 points (48G, 87A) through his two and a half years in the NHL.
Kyle Dubas and the Leafs management now have to move the RFA (restricted free agent) winger for something before the December 1st deadline comes around (when all RFA have to report). Dubas said he does not want to move Nylander but with December 1st approaching rapidly the general manager has to receive something for the 60+ point potential forward.
Where may Nylander land?
The Minnesota Wild could be a component for Nylander they have prospects and picks and could use a winger to play with Eric Staal and Jason Zucker. The Islanders are always never out of trades like this where it will involve a young prospect and pick, the Flames could be a potential landing spot, the Rangers as well, the Oilers would be idiotic not at least go after Nylander they could use some consistency on their offense at least. The Penguins always seem to sneak their way into trades like this plus who would not want to play for that orgizantion. The Bruins could definitely use a little more depth scoring and second ling winger consistency with the way they are struggling on the offensive side of things right now. There are a few landing spots off the top of my head, there is also a chance Nylander signs back with Toronto but as of now Nylander has to report what teams he would be interested in going to and we’ll know more from there.