Caufield-Nylander Swap: Toronto Press Ignites Trade Rumors

BY JULIEN TREKKER    AUGUST 28, 2023  (8:29)
All eyes are on Toronto Maple Leafs star, William Nylander, as he heads towards free agency after this upcoming NHL season. While his fellow teammate, Auston Matthews, has already secured his future with a long-term deal, Nylander remains in the spotlight. Rumors and trade speculations concerning the skilled winger are circulating everywhere.

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The Leafs' new General Manager, Brad Treliving, is facing a dilemma. Should he secure Nylander before the season starts? Or should he risk a repeat of the Johnny Gaudreau incident in Calgary, where he might lose Nylander without any returns?

Consequently, Toronto's media scene is buzzing with hypothetical trade scenarios.


Nylander with the Canadiens?



Toronto journalist Michael Traikos, known for his Maple Leafs coverage, has stirred the pot with an intriguing mock trade. He envisions Nylander crossing over to join the rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. But this won't come cheap. Traikos says:

"[In case of a trade] Canadiens' fans won't like the return! I believe that the names Caufield, Slafkovsky, and Guhle would be in the discussions." - Traikos

Too Expensive?



Many argue that this proposed deal is exorbitant. For the Canadiens, who are on a rebuilding journey, giving up these three promising players might be a steep price. Especially for Nylander, who might just be a momentary presence in their roster.

Furthermore, even if Nylander does choose to stick with Montreal, retaining him might mean paying nearly $10 million annually. A staggering amount for a player recognized for his immense talent, yet occasionally inconsistent.

"Nylander is a dynamic player, with a good stride and who can score. But sometimes, he can disappear for two weeks and become invisible."

Whatever the outcome, should such a trade come to pass, it'll undoubtedly be etched in the annals of hockey history, especially given the passion of both team's fanbases.


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