I didn't have Nylander on my roster in my first scenario. I had him in the worst case scenario number 2 (where he plays all season with Matthews), whereby Matthews and Marner have lights out seasons and ask for McDavid and Eichel money respectively.
And no, I don't subscribe to the belief that if Marner has a 30+ goal 50+ assist season he will take a home town discount. I believe he will ask for Eichel+ money as painful to the CAP as it will be. Same with Matthews..... if he has a 40-50 goal, 100 points season. He will go right to the McDavid contract. Which along with the Tavares contract makes building a team very challenging going forward.
Maybe it really is time to trade willie for a top end stay at home defenceman