Blockbuster Trade Links William Nylander To The Saint Louis Blues

Tyler Ball
September 6, 2023  (11:53)

The Toronto Maple Leafs saga with William Nylander continues to drag on. Nylander and the Leafs are reportedly still far apart on a contract extension. Nylander has said he wants to stay with Toronto but he may not have the final say on the matter.

Nylander To Saint Louis

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been rumored to be listening to trade offers from teams around the league regarding William Nylander. The Leafs would need a huge offer to consider trading one of the core four. Today the Saint Louis Blues come through with an offer that might entice the Maple Leafs.
To St Louis Blues
RW – William Nylander ( $6.96 million a year, free agent next summer)

To Toronto Maple Leafs
RD – Colton Parayko ($6.50 million a year, under contract for seven more years)
LW – Jake Neighbours ($835k with two more seasons until restricted free agency)
1st Round Pick in 2024

This trade would be a blockbuster that would be talked about for days. The Leafs get several assets that could help them in the short and long term. The Blues get the best player in the trade in Nylander who can partner with their young core.

Who Wins The Trade?

The Saint Louis Blues get William Nylander. He is the current best player involved in the trade which gives the Blues the first advantage. He pairs well with Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou two of the Blues' other young forward pieces. The Blues do lose out on one of their best defensemen which puts them in a tough spot on an already thin position.
In the Maple Leafs case, they get a ton from a bad situation. They get out of the Nylander contract situation and get back several assets that are valuable. Colton Parayko instantly pairs with either Morgan Rielly or John Klingberg. He allows whoever he pairs with to play more aggressively and offensively.
The Leafs also bring in Jake Neighbours who is a former first-round pick with good potential. He has struggled in his limited NHL minutes but is still just 21 years old. He adds to the group of young players on team-friendly contracts that includes Matthew Knies and Nick Robertson. Then of course the first-round pick in 2024 would allow the Leafs to trade for another player or bring in a young asset from the draft.
This trade allows each team to shake up their core. After recent disappointing seasons for both a change could be good. The Blues likely win the trade in the short term but it could look like a steal for the Leafs depending on how players and picks are used and developed.
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Blockbuster Trade Links William Nylander To The Saint Louis Blues

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