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Maple Leafs excited for Nylander's return after contract extension

05 December 2018, 11:58 | Charlene Valdez

Fantasy hockey waiver wire William Nylander returns add Eeli Tolvanen and Josh Morrissey

Fantasy hockey waiver wire William Nylander returns add Eeli Tolvanen and Josh Morrissey

Nylander finished third on the team in points and fourth in assists. The Maple Leafs improved to 19-8-0, a point behind Tampa Bay for the National Hockey League lead.

"John coming here on July 1, now William with his situation being solved now, we've been fortunate", Dubas said. "We were resilient and found a way to win". This ends nearly five months of negotiations between the two signs. "Not much you can do there". He played on the Leafs' top line with star center Auston Matthews the past two seasons.

Forward William Nylander and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended their contract stalemate with a six-year deal that was made public minutes before Saturday's 5 p.m. ET deadline that would determine his eligibility for this season.

"It's great news. We hope to get him here as soon as possible", Matthews said. "Everybody has a role and I'm happy to do my part and I know what my role is, and go out there and do it every night and try to do it every night to the best of my ability to help the team win". "There's a few easy tests we can do on the ice in 60 seconds and get it solved".

Regardless, Nylander's $6.96M cap hit will make it hard to sign the collection of Toronto Maple Leafs players that are due for extensions at the end of this year, including Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, and Jake Gardiner. Forward Mitchell Marner said the players in the locker room immediately grabbed their phones upon hearing the news. "Babs popped out of the office and said we signed him".

"We want him back, for sure", defenceman Morgan Rielly said. Three of the points, including two goals, have come during Toronto power plays.

Toronto improved to 12-3-0 when being outshot by its opponent. The Leafs felt that he was comparable to a player such as Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets, who signed a seven-year deal worth $6 million annually last October.

Eric Staal, Jordan Greenway and Jason Zucker scored for Minnesota. After missing a wide-open shot for what would have been the equalizing goal, Zucker eventually tied it later in the period.

Kasperi Kapanen is on pace for 32 goals and 57 points, but the Maple Leafs winger isn't wondering what kind of pay day that could result in next summer. Toronto last won in St. Paul back on March 22, 2011.

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