Big News for William Nylander and the Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs were given an ultimatum from Auston Matthews regarding his contract extension and how he wanted the business done before the start of training camp. Turns out William Nylander isn't in the same boat.

Nylander, who is a pending unrestricted free agent at season's end is allowing his agent Lewis Gross and Leafs' general manager Brad Treliving negotiate a new deal during the 2023-24 regular season. This is a great sign for Leafs Nation as the ongoing talks should finalize a conclusion at some point.

For now, trade talks are off the table and Nylander is poised for a monster season with the Maple Leafs. He's coming off back to back career seasons and could hit 100 points this year.

Nylander is making $6.9 million this season and is likely looking for a new deal that starts with a $9. After an experiment at centre to start the preseason, Nylander looks set to start the year on Toronto's second line along side Max Domi and John Tavares.

Nylander is starting his ninth season in Toronto after being drafted by the team eighth overall in 2014. He's collected 177 goals and 430 points in 521 contests with the Maple Leafs. He's made it very clear to his agent and to management that he's only interested in being a Leaf and doesn't want to leave the organization any time soon.

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