The free agent market is usually pretty barren when you get to the two-week mark of the season, but every so often a name will still be kicking about that sticks out at you. This year, it’s restricted free agent William Nylander.
Nylander, who’s rights-holding team I can’t remember off the top of my head for some reason, is one of a handful of notable RFAs to see their contract standoffs bleed into the regular season. Ilya Kovalchuk kicked things off with Atlanta in 2005/06, but since then we’ve seen players like Kyle Turris, Jamie Benn, PK Subban, Ryan O’Reilly, Jacob Trouba, and Andreas Athanasiou miss games. That’s before even looking at the Anaheim Ducks, who had Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, and Nick Ritchie all go beyond the distance in a three-year span.
Because of that, there’s been a lot of speculation as to where Nylander should play his next hockey. Personally, I think the Leafs would be a great fit.---
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