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SportReport: Hurricanes want top-6 forward 'ASAP' after failing to land Nylander

05:05  07 december  2018
05:05  07 december  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Report: 'Highly unlikely' Maple Leafs trade Nylander before 5 p.m. deadline

Report: 'Highly unlikely' Maple Leafs trade Nylander before 5 p.m. deadline It appears the William Nylander standoff has come down to one of two possible conclusions: sign or sit. It's "highly unlikely" the Toronto Maple Leafs will trade Nylander before Saturday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. If Nylander doesn't sign a contract before then, he'll be ineligible to play at all this season. If the deadline passes without a new contract, the Maple Leafs could still theoretically deal Nylander's rights this season before Feb. 25, but it would essentially rule out any trade partner with playoff aspirations.

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Both sides want a long-term deal to get done, but they can't seem to agree on terms. Nylander 's camp is looking to get its worth - a figure that likely accounts for the If an offer were to be tabled, it would need to be by teams in the absolute perfect position to do so: the Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes .

Report: Hurricanes want top-6 forward 'ASAP' after failing to land Nylander© Juan Ocampo / National Hockey League / Getty

The Carolina Hurricanes reportedly aren't done trying to bolster their group up front after failing to acquire William Nylander.

"I can tell (you) Carolina - which really, really, really wanted to get in on Nylander and never really got that shot - they want a top-six forward ASAP, and they've got the surplus on defense to make it happen," TSN's Pierre LeBrun said on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading."

Carolina is deep on the back end, boasting the likes of Jaccob Slavin, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk, and Calvin de Haan, in addition to Brett Pesce and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Report: Leafs still intend to sign Nylander, asking teams for trade specifics

Report: Leafs still intend to sign Nylander, asking teams for trade specifics Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is making sure he has all his ducks in a row leading up to Saturday's 5 p.m. ET deadline to sign restricted free agent William Nylander. Dubas still plans to sign the 22-year-old, but the first-year GM is asking for trade specifics from teams interested in acquiring Nylander, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. "The Leafs remain in wait-and-see mode when it comes to the player's response to the offer that they made since last week," LeBrun said on SportsCentre. "But in the meantime, they can't just sit there and make sure they put all their eggs in that basket.

William Andrew Michael Junior Nylander Altelius (born 1 May 1996) is a Canadian-born Swedish professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

LeBrun: They’re hardly the only team but the Carolina Hurricanes continue to be a team that is They really like Nylander , and they’d like to add a top six forward . The reason the Hurricanes are a This young man perhaps wants to look at all his options and maybe one of those is playing with his brother

The Hurricanes' forward depth has taken a hit due to injuries, with Jordan Staal being ruled out of Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks due to a concussion and Micheal Ferland still dealing with a head injury of his own.

LeBrun reported back in September that the Hurricanes were among the teams that called the Toronto Maple Leafs about Nylander, but they were told the Leafs didn't want to trade him.

Nylander re-signed with Toronto last Saturday, inking a new six-year deal minutes before the 5 p.m. ET deadline to avoid being ineligible for the rest of the season.

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