William Nylander linked to Western Conference team

Could he be headed west?



With the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs having come to an unceremonious end, speculation has immediately begun of the potential changes the organization could go through that include everything from players leaving to executives leaving. 

For their credit, the likes of general manager Kyle Dubas along with Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner have all reiterated their dedication to Toronto and their desire to stay members of the Maple Leafs organization for the long haul. 

Go ahead and count forward William Nylander among the players who have stated their desire to stay put: 

"I love it here. I don't want to be anywhere else," he said. 

But could he make sense for the 2022 Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche? According to one notable NHL Insider, it's a possibility.

Jeff Marek stated this week that if the Leafs decide to make a move and jettison Nylander out of town to save some valuable salary cap space, the Avalanche could be a potential target. 

"There will be a huge market for William Nylander... The one that keeps popping out to me when I think about if the Maple Leafs want to go to market with Nylander is Colorado."

Nylander has one more season remaining on his contract that carries an annual average value of $6,962,366. In 521 career NHL games, all with the Leafs, he's scored 177 goals (including a career high 40 this season) and 253 assists for 430 career points. 

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