Leafs Facing Potential Loss of Key Player Next Year

Published August 29, 2023 at 3:40 PM

In the midst of the offseason shuffle, the Toronto Maple Leafs confront a pivotal junction concerning two standout athletes: Auston Matthews and William Nylander. Since Canada Day, contract negotiations have been underway, yet only one of these players has inked a deal.

Just recently, Auston Matthews committed to a four-year extension slated to commence during the 2024-25 season. This agreement comes with an average annual value of $13.5 million.

On the other hand, William Nylander's situation has taken an intriguing twist. Speculation abounds that the Leafs deliberated trading him during the offseason. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman discloses, "I think the Maple Leafs just decided [to keep him for this year] I think they looked at trading him. I don't think they liked what was out there." Despite this, Nylander's value remains evident—he tallied 40 goals last season and played pivotal roles in playoff showdowns against Tampa Bay.

At 27 years old, Nylander recently wrapped up his most stellar NHL season, accumulating an impressive 87 points (40 goals, 47 assists), accompanied by 28 penalty minutes and a plus-ten rating across 82 games. His excellence further extended into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, amassing ten points across 11 games.

With the salary cap potentially escalating by as much as $3 million next summer, the Maple Leafs possess the financial leeway to extend Nylander's contract. The true challenge lies in shaping the terms of the contract and aligning Nylander's long-term ambitions with Toronto's plans. In the approaching months, the hockey world will await with anticipation to witness if a mutually beneficial agreement can be attained.

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Leafs Facing Potential Loss of Key Player Next Year

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