"What The Hell Is It?!": Maple Leafs Followers In A Quandary Over William Nylander Status

 Speculation has been running rampant about just what is going on with Toronto Maple Leafs star forward William Nylander. He missed Game One of their series with the Boston Bruins (a 5-1 loss for Toronto), and head coach Sheldon Keefe has refused to give out any information about Nylander's situation, so the rumors are running rampant. 

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Nylander was seen skating with some of the Leafs once again Monday morning for the second straight day, but yet he was not participating in line rushes at full practice. 

He was seen smiling and joking while on the ice, and Keefe at least offered this much: “We’ll see how he feels the rest of the day here and then make a decision.” And the decision has come in: He will NOT PLAY in Game Two.

And yet, no one knows what it is that's holding Nylander out. 

Former NHLer and Maple Leaf Jeff O'Neill of TSN Overdrive asked emphatically Monday afternoon, "What the hell is it?!"

One thing that insiders are insisting is that this is not a discipline issue, but that he is "hurting," said Nick Kypreos on Sportsnet 590 today. "He is physically not at a place where he could play (in Game 1)... Whatever bothered him is improving... But I think they should just plan on him playing in Game 3 at home."

But the club is not playing into the mania, and not giving out a shred of information.

Some in Leafs Nation are even mocking the wacky situation that seems to get sillier by the minute:

The Leafs will try desperately to even their series with the Bruins at TD Garden in Game Two Monday night, after losing their 8th straight game to Boston this year (7 in the regular season).  

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