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Five potential trade destinations for Maple Leafs William Nylander

Five potential trade destinations for Maple Leafs William Nylander
Published On: Wed, Nov 07
Apr 6, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (39) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Air Canada Centre. Columbus defeated Toronto 5-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The closer we get to Dec. 1, the more trade speculation will ramp up aroundA William NylanderA and theA Toronto Maple Leafs.

Still without a contract, Nylander is less than a month away from the cut-off date when he either needs to sign a deal or will be ineligible to play in the NHL this season. And there is no indication the team and player are any closer to agreeing on terms.

a€œI get the sense that theya€™ve hit a real road block with Nylander, like a serious road block,a€ Elliotte Friedman said onA Sportsnet 650a€™s The Program last Tuesday. a€œIt can change, but as I talk to you right now I understand theya€™re at a total standstill.

a€œI still lean towards [believing] they want to sign him. I believe thata€™s their first choice, but they havena€™t made a lot of progress. I think both sides are getting frustrated, but the one thing about the trading is a€” I dona€™t think theya€™ve decided to trade him now, but I think theya€™ve at least made the decision that theya€™re going to have to think about it.a€

Prior to the start of the season weA highlighted a number of RFAsA who missed training camp or the start of the season in recent years. Two of the five highlighted players who missed regular season games were traded within two years: Ryan Oa€™Reilly and P.K. Subban, who had massive new contracts. The other three were Hampus Lindholm, Andreas Athanasiou and Jacob Trouba, and you still have to wonder what Troubaa€™s future in Winnipeg holds.

Only one of the three players we mentioned who only missed training camp were eventually traded, so while Nylander isna€™t destined to be traded yet, more than a few players in his situation have eventually been moved. Most of the time that was because the new contracts they signed ended up being too rich for the teams that signed them.

So, as we crawl towards the ever-important Dec. 1 date, and with Auston Matthews back skating for the Leafs, we look at a few potential trade destinations for Nylander, if it ever gets to that point.

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