Willam Nylander & Maple Leafs Reach Agreement On Extension

It's no longer an "almost" or "soon to be": All reports this Monday morning are revealing that the Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander have agreed on a massive 8-year, $92 million contract extension—an $11.5M AAV. 

Other details emerging indicate that Nylander will have a full no-movement clause, and includes $69 million in signing bonus money. It becomes the largest valued contract in Maple Leafs history, surpassing the 7-year, $77M deal signed by captain John Tavares back in 2018. That deal expires after next season.

Nylander, 27, is having the ultimate breakout season in his contract year, exploding thus far for 21 goals and 33 assists for 54 points, good for 5th in the NHL scoring race. Last season, he topped the 40-goal mark for the first time. He's on pace this year for 46 goals and 120 points.

As a comp, this deal surprasses the David Pastrnak contract, which was 8 years, $90M ($11.25M AAV).

Toronto's 'Core 4' are now locked in at:

  • Auston Matthews $13.25M through 2027-28
  • William Nylander $11.5M through 2031-32
  • John Tavares $11M through 2024-25
  • Mitch Marner $10.9M through 2024-25

Nylander was the 8th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and is coming off a 6-year deal in which he averaged a 'bargain' $7 million AAV.

In 558 career games, Nylander has 198 goals, 286 assists and 484 points, with a plus-28 rating.

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