Rumor: Could Leafs GM Kyle Dubas deal a top forward?

This would be a major move for the Leafs.

Michael Whitaker

The Toronto Maple Leafs were once again unable to advance past the first round of the Stanley Cup postseason this spring, losing in seven games to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The version of the Maple Leafs that hits the ice this fall is already looking considerably different between the pipes, as gone are the likes of Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek; in their place, Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov will be battling for time in Toronto's crease. But could there be a major shakeup up front? 

According to notorious NHL blogger Eklund, the Leafs could be looking to trade forward William Nylander with the goal of landing defenseman Jakub Chychrun in return. 

Of course, speculation has began abounding as to Toronto's plans with Nylander, who will be headed into the 5th year of the six-year contract worth $45 million when the team gathers in the fall for training camp. And needless to say, Nylander is aware that his name has popped up in more than a few trade rumors in the past, and even now. 

Nylander was among Toronto's most valuable offensive performers this past season, tallying a total of 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists).