Insider says Nylander wants to be a Leaf, reveals issue holding up negotiations
BY BEN HODGSON AUGUST 25, 2023 (9:16)
For Treliving, there may be a feeling of deja vu. Last summer, it was another star in Johnny Gaudreau headed towards free agency. Both Gaudeau and Nylander are represented by Lewis Gross. Given the result of last year's negotiations, there may still be some lingering hard feelings there. Chris Johnston alluded to this on the latest episode of The Chris Johnston Show.
Johnston went on to point out that there is one key difference between Nylander and Gaudreau. One that could make all the difference when the cards are on the table and all avenues have been exhausted.
What it all boils down to in the end is that Johnny Hockey's heart wasn't in Calgary. It's clear that Johnston, who never wavered in his assertion that Matthews wanted to and would stay in Toronto, believes that Nylander's heart is in Toronto with the Maple Leafs as well. As long as that remains the case, the tension that exists between Treliving and Gross shouldn't be an issue.
DO YOU BELIEVE WILLIAM NYLANDER'S TOP PRIORITY IS TO REMAIN A MAPLE LEAF?
AUGUST 25 1330 ANSWERS
|ONLY IF HE'S PAID WELL TO STAY||561||42.2 %|
|HE'LL LEAVE AND SIGN WITH THE HIGHEST BIDDER||221||16.6 %|
|HE'LL BE TRADED||153||11.5 %|
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