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Nylander return to Maple Leafs has them 'all really excited about it'

05 December 2018

Since entering the National Hockey League in 2016, Nylander has scored 48 goals and 87 assists in 185 games.

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. "I wish that we were able to get this done before training camp and he was able to be a part of this". The contract also comes with a $24.5 million signing bonus, per Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos.

He had to sign with the Maple Leafs by Saturday in order to be eligible to play this season.

"He likes to compare a team to a band and you have drummers in the band, and he called me the drummer". "He is doing what he feels is necessary and we want him back".

Leafs coach Mike Babcock indicated after his club's optional morning skate that Nylander won't necessarily need to practise before getting in a game.

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.

The relationship is a natural one, as lower budget teams are concerned with the payments they make to players, whereas higher budget teams like the Leafs are principally concerned with a player's cap hit.

"I sprinted into the room and told them I knew what happened, but didn't tell anyone", Rielly said, jokingly. "Babs popped out of the office and said we signed him".

Nylander, who was born in Calgary when his father Michael played for the Flames, has 48 goals and 87 assists in 185 career games to go along with eight points (2-6) in 13 playoff outings. "We want him back and that's it". The Maple Leafs were outshot 41-23 by the Wild on Saturday and 18-8 in the third period. "I think that's a big key to our team and something we have going for us that not a lot of teams do is having a lot of depth". Mitch Marner and Travis Dermott each added two assists.

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 was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Nylander return to Maple Leafs has them 'all really excited about it'