Brad Treliving is facing a tough decision with William Nylander
and Auston Matthews
. As training camp approaches, unresolved contract issues with these two stars could cause a stir within the team.
A potential trade might be the best option.
Could Treliving Trade a Star?
Although both Matthews and Nylander are at the center of trade rumors, it seems more likely that Nylander would be the one to go. Negotiations between Nylander and the Leafs have reportedly hit a rough patch in recent weeks.
Nylander is asking for a $10 million contract, while the Maple Leafs are only willing to go up to $8 million. With Nylander apparently unwilling to compromise, this $2 million gap might be enough to end his stint in Toronto.
Here's Dave Feschuck's take on the situation, as discussed on TSN's First Up:
"Nylander has a track record of being very staunch in his beliefs about what he's worth, and the Leafs are very steadfast in what they believe they can pay him. I don't think those two things align, and therefore the Leafs may find themselves in a position where they have to make a move.
You have to trade him; you can't lose him for nothing... I know there are people saying you can have him as your own rental for the year and get the cap space the following summer. I understand, but I don't love the idea of a guy on the way out playing without a contract. It doesn't sit well with me if I'm in that room."
Will Nylander Be Traded Before Camp?
If training camp starts and neither Matthews nor Nylander has signed a contract, it could become a major distraction with serious implications for the team.
"If training camp opens and those deals are not closed books then we have a problem. It'll be the conversation that sucks the oxygen out of the room. It'll be the only topic. if I'm betting I would bet that William Nylander
is not gunna be done. Auston Matthews
will be done but Nylander wont be. It's gunna be the daily Nylander watch....If it comes to having to make a deal and I think it might cause they're pretty far a part." - Dave Feschuck
Do you think Matthews and Nylander will sign an extension in Toronto?
As seen on Hockey Patrol - All signs pointing towards a potential Nylander trade