The Price the Canadiens have to pay to acquire William Nylander is Known and an Offer Surfaces

Published July 8, 2023 at 12:01

For reasons you are well aware of, numerous trade rumors are currently circulating involving the Toronto Maple Leafs' star forward William Nylander.

Many fans and observers of the Montreal Canadiens would like Kent Hughes to try his luck, but at what cost?

A recent concrete trade proposal surfaced between the Calgary Flames and the Leafs, and it gives us a good idea of the possible price to pay.

Here is the offer in question:

To Calgary: William Nylander

To Toronto: Noah Hanifin and Mikael Backlund (50% of his salary)

There might also be one or more draft picks added by the Flames.

This means that a reasonable offer from Kent Hughes would look like this:

To Montreal: William Nylander

To Toronto: Mike Matheson, Christian Dvorak and draft picks (including a protected 1st round pick)

Hanifin and Matheson, especially after the last season, are names that compare well.

However, the CH does not really have a Mikael Backlund. The player who is closest to him is Dvorak, and that's why Hughes should add picks or prospects to his offer in order to be there at the level of value.

Backlund, 34, is a complete center who scored 39 and 56 points over the last two seasons.

Dvorak, 27, produced at rates of 37 and 50 points over the last two seasons.

Hanifin, 26, scored 38 points last season. (in 81 games)

Matheson, 29, scored 34 points last season. (in 48 games)

Would you make this trade between Montreal and Toronto?

July 8   |   4037 answers
The Price the Canadiens have to pay to acquire William Nylander is Known and an Offer Surfaces

Mike Matheson, Christian Dvorak, and draft picks or prospects, in exchange for W. Nylander, do you accept?

Yes133433 %
No223055.2 %
Yes, but Toronto would refuse47311.7 %
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