Nylander In It For The Long Haul

By Ben Hamill - August 12 2018
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William Nylander, the restricted free agent who is the first of the Maple Leaf team’s younger starts to play out a deal at the entry level, has made it more than clear that he would prefer to stick with Toronto for the near future. It is now up to his representatives and the General Manager, or GM, for the Maple Leafs, Kyle Dubas, to turn it into reality.

A Stop by the Smashfest

Lending his support at the Smashfest ping-pong tournament, Nylar spoke of his desire to sign a long-term deal with the Toronto team. He’s up for as many as 8 seasons if they’ll have him, and would far prefer this to a shorter contract.

He did say that although this was his long-term goal he is prepared to take it slowly and see what happens for now.

Smashfest

Contract Played Out in Full

Nylander is the first rising star in a group that includes Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews to play out his contract at the entry level and hit restricted free agency status. The polished winger has created 61-point season back-to-back, and combined for 87 assists and 48 goals in the 185 games he has played in over his career thus far.

Both Marner and Matthews, who were permitted to begin formal negotiations for contracts at the start of July, both stated that they were already engaged in talks with the Maple Leafs ahead of their third seasons with the National Hockey League, or NHL.

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Not Worried About Being Signed

Sporting a beard that cropped up over the summer, and seemingly very relaxed, Nylander stated that he isn’t even entertaining the possibility he won’t have a contract by mid-September when training camp opens up. He said that the details were to be hammered out between his agent and Dubas when he was spotted alongside 20 other players at the Smashfest charity event that raises funds for cancer research and concussion. He said that he was waiting to see what happened, and that he was sure there would be no issues.

Nylander does, however, foresee problems for teams going up against his after the signing of John Tavares in a huge free-agent deal valued at US$77 million. Mike Babcock, the head coach for the Toronto team commented almost at once after the deal had gone through that he intended to begin training camp with Mathews between Patrick Marleau and Nylander on one line, followed by Marner and Zach Hyman with Taveras centering.

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