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Maple Leafs RFA Nick Robertson Linked to Recent Cup Champions – NHL Trade Rumors

Maple Leafs RFA Nick Robertson Linked to Recent Cup Champions – NHL Trade Rumors
Maple Leafs RFA Nick Robertson Linked to Recent Cup Champions – NHL Trade Rumors

When news recently broke that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nick Robertson was unhappy with the team and wanted to move, all sorts of potential destinations came to mind.

The latter is an intriguing one that could give Robertson a real chance to shine for the first time in his injury-plagued NHL career. According to Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, the Vegas Golden Knights are a realistic landing spot for the hot-shot 22-year-old.

Bringing in Robertson would give Vegas a boost in their middle-six forward group. The Leafs would be happy with one of the Golden Knights’ second-rounders (they have all three second-rounders in the next three drafts), and Robertson would be much closer to home than he is in Toronto.

The Pasadena, California, native would love such a fresh start, but whether the Leafs would be “content,” as Proteau put it, with a second-round pick, or whether they’d want to trade Robertson at all, remains to be seen.

The Leafs have no plans to trade the disgruntled forward at this time. They simply want to appease Robertson and convince him that he will play an important role with the team in the future.

“We see Nick as a great player,” GM Brad Treliving said when the rumors first started. “And there’s a great opportunity for Nick here. We need him to be a great player for us.”

Robertson has shown in his short time with the big club that he is a capable sniper. Last season, in his best period yet in Toronto, he scored 14 goals in 56 games, playing just 11:23 minutes per game on a shooting percentage of 14.6%.

Unfortunately, on top of playing regularly in the AHL, persistent injuries have slowed Robertson’s development.

As for the Golden Knights, they are currently above the salary cap, but as Proteau notes: “That hasn’t stopped proactive GM Kelly McCrimmon from making big moves earlier.”

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