Michaela Pejzlova with an absolutely beautiful goal for Czechia against Finland in today’s 3 Nation Tournament pic.twitter.com/8fXAcEgDIb
– Ian Kennedy (@IanKennedyCK) August 22, 2023
There are two issues we’re keeping a close eye on in the Queen City.
Auston Matthews… and William Nylander.
If it seems to be the case for the American, who has shared his desire to sign a long-term contract with the Leafs… The talk is different for the Swede.
Because Nylander will be looking for a big pay raise, and Brad Treliving probably won’t have enough money to pay him when Matthews signs his next contract.
It’s for this reason, among others, that the idea of Nylander being traded before next summer has been floating around for several weeks. After all, it could become the way to go if the Leafs don’t want to lose him for absolutely nothing a year from now…
– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 22, 2023
We’re talking about a young roster with a lot of interesting tools to work with… And we’re talking about a young roster looking to add some raw talent to its offensive lineup.
The Ducks already have some fine players in place for the next few years, but the arrival of a natural scorer like Nylander would certainly help the team “skipper” a few steps in their rebuild.
When you look at the potential offensive lineup with Nylander in the lineup, and consider that the Ducks have excellent blue-line prospects in Tristan Luneau, Noah Warren, Olen Zellweger and Pavel Mintyukov…
You’d think they’d have the potential to be very dominant in the near future. That might not be the case this season or the next, because the youngsters have to keep developing…
But on paper, it’s scary:
Nylander’s days are truly numbered in Toronto because the Leafs won’t be able to meet his salary demands when he signs his next pact.
William Nylander’s name is already popular all over the NHL… and it’ll become even more so in the coming weeks.
– KHL (@khl_eng) August 22, 2023
– Come on, Genie.