Trade proposal emerges sending William Nylander to Columbus is absolutely ridiculous: Sources

Travis Neil
December 13, 2023  (5:26 PM)

It is well noted that the Leafs are looking to bolster their defenseman core and with a contract still not in place with superstar William Nylander. Insiders have begun speculating a Nylander trade that gets a defenseman to the Leafs.

Leafs Reported Releases the Most Ridiculous Nylander Trade To Date

The Leafs currently have their eyes on the Flames' Chris Tanev, however secondary options are also in place. There is also a route of using Nylander to acquire a superstar defenseman and that's just what a Leafs reporter suggests.
This trade proposal sees the Columbus Blue Jackets give up Zach Werenski and Patrick Laine to the Leafs. Now a two for one trade may not be the worst for the Leafs but that is not the trade at all.
The full trade proposed by the reporter is this:
LEAFS Acquire: Patrick Laine (50% retained) and Zach Werenski

JACKETS Acquire: William Nylander, two first round picks, Max Domi, Calle Jarnkrok, David Kampf and Easton Cowan

In this trade scenario you see the Leafs lose the trade by far as they trade all of their depth, two firsts, their most recent first round pick and a super star for two injury prone players.

More Proof This Trade Is Terrible For The Leafs

Now if the Leafs only gave Nylander the trade still would not be ideal for the Leafs due in part to the horrible durability of both Werenski and Laine.
Last year Werenski was limited to just 13 games and Laine down to just 55 games. The Leafs do not need to add another injury-prone d-man to their core as they already struggle with that.
Plus Laine has seen to have issues with his consistency and commitment to the team he is on. Laine has been a healthy scratch multiple times in his career already.
As Seen on Maple Leafs Insider - Leafs reporter proposes an idea so bad that it might make more sense to just blow up the team
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Trade proposal emerges sending William Nylander to Columbus is absolutely ridiculous: Sources

Would you want Laine and Werenski on the Leafs?

Just Werenski26124.3 %
Just Laine1049.7 %
Both17516.3 %
Neither53349.7 %
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