Maple Leafs GM was always optimistic about Nylander

Maple Leafs GM was always optimistic about Nylander

Nylander finished third on the team in points and fourth in assists.

It is highly likely that the deal Nylander signed was put in place some time ago as a failsafe if the two parties were unable to agree on a more satisfactory deal to keep Nylander as a long-term Leaf.

"A couple bad breaks there, and inopportune times".

Take good friend Kasperi Kapanen for instance, who admitted to a herd of reporters Thursday that thoughts of Willy's return have been literally creeping into his dreams - like much of Leafs Nation, I'm sure.

Forward William Nylander and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a six-year contract extension on Saturday. He inked his deal just minutes before Saturday's deadline. "We hope to get him here as soon as possible", said star centre Auston Matthews. "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". "Hopefully, he gets us on a run here".

"That guy is a freak", Marner said of Nylander.

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"We're all really excited about it", said Marner, who had two assists in the win. He wants to be back here and we want him back here.

Toronto, labelled a Cup contender early on, has done well in Nylander's absence, going 19-8-0 to sit second in the Atlantic Division after 27 games.

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.

This was not long after the Leafs arrived at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday afternoon to start preparing for their game against the Minnesota Wild.

"That's a great game by us", said Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk.

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. With 13 goals in 13 games, Matthews is the sixth player in the past 30 years to average at least one goal through games played December 1 (in a minimum of 10 games played).

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