After months of tough negotiations, Toronto Maple Leafs managed to get on the same page with their restricted free agent center William Nylander. Maple Leafs announced on Saturday that they have Nylander agreed to a six-year deal which will keep him with the organization through 2024.
This new deal will pay $41.77 million in total to the 22-year-old, with $24.3 million of this amount being guaranteed through bonuses.
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During the negotiations with Toronto, William Nylander was not with the team, missing the first 26 games of the 2018-19 NHL season.
According to Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas, there was no doubt that Nylander will remain in Toronto although he signed the contract minutes before the NHL’s deadline.
“I know he is very, very excited tonight and we are excited for him,” – said Dubas. “It would’ve been a shame for him to not be in the NHL this year. He is a top young NHL player. We are excited to have him back and excited for him to get to work with our coaching staff and with our team.”
Toronto Maple Leafs drafted William Nylander eighth overall in 2014, but he had to wait until the 2015-16 season to make his debut in NHL. After a solid rookie season, he went on to have two productive years in which he contributed 122 points overall.
Nylander played a total of 185 games in NHL, scoring 48 goals and providing 87 assists.