Uhm Yes they do have a Window & It’s about to Open when Boston goes into their rebuild & Florida realizes that Tkachuk isn’t Huburdeau, I understand that, which is why i was asking. He may very well be untouchable which is fair, he looks like a stud which is why I asked. But lets put this into perspective Quick.
If Willy resigns in Deteoit for ex. & makes lets say 8-9 mil when the cap is supposed to rise drastically, If he is a 30+ Goal Scorer & 80+ Point player, it’s not as bad as you think when you also factor in a 3rd in a very deep 2023 draft. But I understand the logic, He is your Knies but you need to see how he adjusts to North American Ice
I respect the thought process you have with this, however it seems misguided. I will use your own logic to show why.
Our window opening: Yes, Boston is getting worse. Florida, Toronto, and Tampa are still the horses in the division. Depending on who you ask, these teams all slightly regressed if at all. Detroit improved, as did Ottawa. Buffalo is looking better and better as well. Very soon, this division could be the strongest 1 through 8 in the entire league. No guarantee that Detroit leapfrogs to the top.
Re-signing Willy: He will be 28 or 29 years old asking for a raise with term. Does Toronto want to sign him to an 8x8.5M extension? Why should Detroit? Just because they have the cap, doesn't mean they need to burn through it. Even with a raised salary cap, a 36 year old making that much money becomes an issue, see Muzzin as an example. Larkin, Bertuzzi, Vrana, goaltenders (not solidified but every team needs them), Seider, Raymond, everyone will need raises. Only 4 players on contract in a few years. A lot of flexibility, but can shrink with one major trade. Adding Willy into that mix complicates things rather than dealing with ELC contracts.
Knies: Sure, call him Detroit's Knies. Both are huge and have some offense. Sodes is 6'8 and has hands. Knows how to score. I like Knies a lot and think he is going to be a great forward for the Leafs. I don't think you have watched the Wings' training camp, but Elmer looks fantastic. He actually had reps with Larkin during multiple drills, and turned Seider inside out. In saying all that, would you trade Knies for Detroit's 3rd round pick? Detroit will have a better pick than Toronto, so the value is even better than Soderblom for a 3rd. I doubt Toronto takes that.
Back to the original post, this trade doesn't make sense. Bertuzzi would need to be retained, or an extension in place, or some other value heading to Toronto. Sebrango is projecting as a 5-7 D in the NHL, which is fine, but not the value needed to be added to acquire Nylander, even with retention. And to the original point at which I interjected, Soderblom/Edvinsson/Johansson/Berggren/etc. are untouchable unless it is for something most teams are uncomfortable paying (meaning the value of a prospect through Detroit's eyes). Just as I am sure Knies/Topi/Hiro are to Toronto.