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

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William Nylander ends contract standoff with Maple Leafs, reaches new six-year deal

Nylander has 48 goals and 87 assists over 185 career games in Toronto.

Some of William Nylander's teammates arrived at the arena early before their Saturday night game against the Minnesota Wild, eagerly anticipating news of a contract extension that would bring the star forward back to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. "Hopefully he gets us on a run here, gets in a couple practices".

TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted that the contract carries a pro-rated salary of $10 million ($6.77 million) plus a $2 million signing bonus for this season, and in the second year, the base salary is $700,000, with a signing bonus of $8.3 million.

The 22-year-old forward was a restricted free agent and would not have been eligible to play in the National Hockey League this season if he did not sign before the deadline.

"If he's here after December 1st, we will be very lucky, very happy and move on with him. He's a great player, so we're excited about it".

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The Maple Leafs had no interest in trading William Nylander, and though some think otherwise, there will be little interest in trading Nylander any time in the future.

And I am told the Leafs agree with my assessment.If the Leafs can get Parayko for Nylander just deliver the cup to Yonge St.eventually. "Babs popped out of the office and said we signed him". If the Leafs are ahead by goal late in a game, you can set your watch by Hyman's presence on the ice.

With his return to the lineup, Toronto will get yet another risky offensive weapon up front. I think we always tried to stay optimistic and have faith that our offers were fair and that they were coming from a good place as well and that, in the end, him missing a full season and having it go across 5 o'clock today wouldn't have been good for anybody.

It was initially reported that Nylander's camp was seeking a long-term, big-money deal (possibly around eight years worth around $8 million annually) and while Toronto also preferred a long-term deal, the team wasn't comfortable going as high on the yearly payout.

Nylander appeared in all 82 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs last season and had 61 points on 20 goals and 41 assists. Nylander has added two goals and six assists in 13 playoff outings.

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