Nylander, Leafs agree to 6-year contract at deadline

Since entering the NHL in 2016 William Nylander has scored 48 goals and 87 assists in 185 games

Since entering the NHL in 2016 William Nylander has scored 48 goals and 87 assists in 185 games More

The contract also comes with a $24.5 million signing bonus, per Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos.

The months-long stand-off between Nylander's camp and Maple Leafs management came to a dramatic conclusion, as TSN's Darren Dreger reported the signing at 4:57 p.m. EST - three minutes before the restricted free agent signing deadline. "Hopefully it does get resolved soon".

"That's a great game by us", said Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk. I'm very thankful for them that they were able to perform the way they had. "It's exciting. I can't wait to have him back. He's going to make us better".

Nylander's offensive production in his first three seasons was almost identical to Draisaitl's but the two players have different roles on their respective teams and one could argue Draisaitl is a more versatile player so Leafs weren't willing to pay that amount for Nylander.

The Maple Leafs already were an offensive threat on the ice.

"I sprinted into the room and told them I knew what happened, but didn't tell anyone", Rielly said, jokingly. "The worst-case scenario would have been a technical glitch that prevented this in going past the 5 o'clock deadline". For Kapanen, who is clearly missing his former Marlies linemate, the lucid night terrors are all too real, as many emotionally drained Maple Leafs supporters can surely attest to. It's nice to have him back, for sure.

Nylander has scored at least 20 goals in each of his two full National Hockey League seasons and had a second straight 61-point season last season (20 goals, 41 assists). He had 49 points at even strength, with a team-high 34 assists. Nylander has 48 goals and 87 assists over 185 career games in Toronto. He has also had four playoff points in each of those two seasons.

"You always kind of maintain that faith".

Auston Matthews - the 2016 first overall pick - remains unsigned long-term by the Maple Leafs as does 2015 fourth overall pick Mitch Marner.

Matthews returned to the lineup Wednesday, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

His entry-level contract had expired July 1 and negotiations stretched through the summer and into the season, ultimately forcing the 22-year-old winger to miss a third of the 2018-19 campaign.

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