By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed William Nylander to a six-year contract on Saturday night before the 5 pm deadline. It is expected to be worth $41.4 million.
He will receive $6.9 million per season. This ends his contract holdout with the team.
Nylander was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
The 22-year-old Calgary, Alberta, Canada native has not played this season due to a holdout. Now with his new contract, he may return to the team as soon as Tuesday, December 4th against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, New York.
He had to sign with the Maple Leafs by Saturday in order to be eligible to play this season. This ends almost five months of negotiations between the two signs.
First-year Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas was negotiating with Nylander’s agent Lewis Gross. His father, Michael, a former NHL player, also participated in the talks.
“I need to look out for myself and make the decisions me and my agent believe are the correct ones,” Nylander told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet in early October. “I need to think long-term. It’s my future we’re talking about here.”
Last season, Nylander had 20 goals in 82 games. He also had 41 assists for 61 points.
Nylander also had a 20 +/- and 10 PIM during the 2017-18 season.
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