Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to last-second 6-year extension

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2018

Nylander finished third on the team in points and fourth in assists.

Nylander and his agent have been holding out for a long-term contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs all season. "Hopefully, he gets us on a run here".

The details of the contract are as follows: Nylander will receive $41.77M over 6 years, an average annual value of $6.96M. Hyman's diligence, especially in the offensive zone, puts him in coach Mike Babcock's good side every day.

Nylander's prorated $10.27-million cap hit for the remainder of 2018-19 sees him join Connor McDavid, new teammate John Tavares, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Carey Price, Jack Eichel and Anze Kopitar as the only players in the league now with an eight-figure cap hit.

"I'm very happy. He's a big part of the team". Nylander has yet to play this season, staging a holdout after he and Toronto were unable to find common ground in the offseason.

"I think other GMs in the league can verify it: We prefaced everything with our ambition is to sign this player long term, and that's what we're working toward".

"I've said it many times: I'm just hopeful Willie is going to be in our lineup starting whenever he gets over here and gets signed today and get it all worked out", Babcock said.

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"Babs popped out of the office and said we signed him", Mitch Marner said after Toronto's 5-3 win in St. Paul. "I have to continue to play, get my legs back under me and my wind back, hope to continue to play better".

His teammates have been, and still are, suffering though the non-stop questions and speculation surrounding the highly-publicized negotiation between the Maple Leafs and the 22-year-old's camp as the RFA signing deadline looms.

The Maple Leafs are whole again.

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

He has 48 career goals since being drafted No. 8 overall in 2014.

A quick glance at Matthews' statistics suggests the Leafs' No. 1 centre has had little adjustment in the two games he has played since missing 14 with a shoulder injury. Nylander has added two goals and six assists in 13 playoff outings.

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