Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NHL Rumors: William Nylander, Maple Leafs Agree To Six-Year Deal

NHL Rumors: William Nylander, Maple Leafs Agree To Six-Year Deal

The William Nylander standoff finally ended Saturday afternoon, mere minutes before the deadline was set to pass, with the forward agreeing to a six-year, $41.77-million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I will tell you again, this is what I think, and it's just what I think", Babcock said after practice at the MasterCard Centre.

Though Matthews has three goals and an assist in the past two games, there's some room for improvement.

He was third on the Maple Leafs behind Marner (69) and Matthews (63). Nylander has tallied 61 points in each of the last two seasons, posting two straight 20-plus goal campaigns.

The Leafs didn't need Nylander to win for the 19th time in 27 games - and to win 10 of their first 13 road games for the first time in team history - but they did need Frederik Andersen. "That's the sign of a good team". "It's exciting. I can't wait to have him back". Mitch Marner and Travis Dermott each added two assists.

With his return to the lineup, Toronto will get yet another unsafe offensive weapon up front. "I didn't think we had our A-game at all in the second half of the game and, yet, we found a way to win".

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When asked if he ever thought the deal was not going to happen, Dubas said, "It's tough to say".

"Having him back, it's just going to add more fire to this team and make us deeper", Marner said.

"You always kind of maintain that faith".

With a sense of uncertainty about Nylander's future, one thing remains certain: The Toronto Maple Leafs are stronger today than they were yesterday and that is something that all Leafs fans can be happy about. The Leafs would certainly be in a position to garner higher value for Nylander because he is an extremely cost-effective player that provides greater value than his remaining $4.94M/year salary suggests.

Matthews returned to the lineup Wednesday, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

The Calgary-born Nylander, who has lived in Sweden since he was 14, played junior hockey in Sweden before being drafted by Toronto in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, eighth overall.

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