Maple Leafs excited for Nylander's return after contract extension

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

Hyman added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal Toronto's fourth straight victory and Minnesota's third loss in a row. "I wish that we were able to get this done before training camp and he was able to be a part of this".

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.

"A couple guys came early and we were kind of all sitting here, [Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock] popped out of the office and said, 'We signed him, '" Marner said. The agreement was reported mere moments before Saturday's 5pm deadline, meaning the 22-year-old will be eligible to suit up for Toronto this season. "It's exciting. I can't wait to have him back. Sometimes it's frustrating, but I am happy to be here".

Morgan Rielly was in the hallway outside the Maple Leafs' dressing room and peered over Steve Keogh's shoulder as the Leafs director of media relations tapped away on his laptop.

And what will Nylander add to an already-deep team that now has an improved shot at winning the Stanley Cup next June?

"They kept me with the Marlies for a long time, and that's fine", Kapanen said.

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"It's great news. We hope to get him here as soon as possible, " Matthews said after Toronto's 5-3 win over Minnesota on Saturday night. He wants to be back here and we want him back here.

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).

"High skill, I think he can control the play", Leafs forward Patrick Marleau said.

The eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Nylander is coming off consecutive 61-point seasons and is the first of Toronto's young stars forwards - Matthews and Mitch Marner are the others - to hit restricted free agency.

"No - we have only played 26 games, so I don't think there is any reason to think about that", Kapanen said. Nylander has added two goals and six assists in 13 playoff outings.

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