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New York Islanders Weekly Trade Rumor Wire (June 4th)

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Nylander
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Nylander
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TORONTO, ON – MARCH 17: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets set to take a faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on March 17, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canadiens 4-0. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

William Nylander

He just signed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs after a long drawn out contract dispute, but the Leafs need to make space and fast.

Mitch Marner, Andreas Johnsson, Kasperi Kapanen, and Jake Gardiner all need contracts. And the Toronto Maple Leafs only have $8.79 million in cap space to do it. Kyle Dubas is going to have to move someone off the books.

Sportsnet’s Rory Boylen thinks there’s potential for William Nylander and his $6.962 million deal to be moved.

"Yes, Dubas told Nylander that he wouldn’t be traded when his contract impasse ended last November, but this is a business and Nylander doesn’t have any trade protection."

With 27 points in 54 games this season, Nylander won’t cost nearly as much as he did last season when he was negotiating his contract with the Leafs.

The Islanders would get a 60 point 23-year-old right-shot forward locked in for the next five seasons at $6.962 million. How does a top line of Lee-Barzal-Nylander sound like?

For the Leafs, they get a player back with potential and that could be signed to an incredibly low cap hit, and a right-handed offensive defenseman who’s ready to turn pro (subscription required). They also clear almost $5 million in cap space (I’m assuming Beau won’t cost more than a $2 million AAV).

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The New York Islanders might be “helping” the Leafs by giving them the cap space they need to keep Mitch Marner. But they’re also weakening the Leafs by prying one of the three players Kyle Dubas was guaranteeing wouldn’t leave.

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