NHL trade buzz breakdown:
Updated: Nov 3, 2018
Who should stay, who should go early this season
The NHL trade deadline is almost four months away and yet there’s considerable trade chatter around the NHL. Here are potential trade targets and whether it makes sense for them to be dealt now:
"Forward William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs"
Deal: The stalemated contract talks with Nylander are only part of the story. After giving John Tavares $11 million per season last summer, the Maple Leafs are looking at giving Auston Matthews a richer deal. Mitch Marner also is looking at a big payday. Even if they can negotiate a bridge deal with Nylander, and that could be wishful thinking, general manager Kyle Dubas has salary cap issues ahead. Plus, the next negotiation with Nylander is not going to be any easier. Dubas undoubtedly is looking at whether he could add a proven defenseman, with some cost certainty, in a deal for Nylander. The defenseman-rich Carolina Hurricanes could be a good fit for a Nylander trade.