Toronto GM Kyle Dubas may be starting to collect offers for holdout William Nylander.Jeffrey T. Barnes/Associated Press

Do you hear the clock ticking? The Toronto Maple Leafs certainly do as it gets closer and closer to the end of November.

The case can be made that the Maple Leafs and hold out forward William Nylander have been both been engaging in a Major League version of “Who is Going to Blink First?”

Through November 12, neither side has blinked, but the Maple Leafs are starting to make plans to possibly trade their young star. If the 22-year-old Nylander is not under contract by December 1, he will not be eligible to play throughout the 2018-19 season.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported on Hockey Night in Canada’s Saturday night that Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas has asked teams to “inform them who the teams and interested parties will not be willing to move, and also to begin preparing formal offers for unsigned Toronto winger.”

Friedman says he asked Dubas if that was accurate, and he declined comment.

The Maple Leafs want to keep a player who has scored 61 points in back-to-back seasons, but the Maple Leafs want to be prepared to move him if they can get an attractive offer and they can’t sign their young star.

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