Teammates ‘really excited’ about Nylander’s return to Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs center William Nylander scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins

William Nylander scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins

Nylander has 48 goals and 87 assists over 185 career games in Toronto.

The Leafs didn't need Nylander to win for the 19th time in 27 games - and to win 10 of their first 13 road games for the first time in team history - but they did need Frederik Andersen. "I wish that we were able to get this done before training camp and he was able to be a part of this". It has an average annual value of $6.9 million.

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.

"He likes to compare a team to a band and you have drummers in the band, and he called me the drummer". I'm excited now to add William to the group. "We had our process and we have a great staff".

Similar to Nylander, although not quite as dramatic, Gaudreau caused his team's fan base some stress prior to the 2016-17 campaign.

Morgan Rielly was in the hallway outside the Maple Leafs' dressing room and peered over Steve Keogh's shoulder as the Leafs director of media relations tapped away on his laptop.

Essentially, Nylander gets the money he was seeking, and the Leafs get the cap hit in the out years they were seeking.

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"I will tell you again, this is what I think, and it's just what I think", Babcock said after practice at the MasterCard Centre.

"Kyle (Dubas) and (assistant GM Brandon Pridham) and the guys did a real good job in getting that done", Babcock said after a 5-3 win over the Wild. The Maple Leafs are 18-18 on the year and have won their last three games.

Nylander appeared in all 82 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs last season and had 61 points on 20 goals and 41 assists.

With his return to the lineup, Toronto will get yet another risky offensive weapon up front. "I think that's a big key to our team and something we have going for us that not a lot of teams do is having a lot of depth".

Maybe Nylander's first game will come two nights after that, when the Leafs play host to the Detroit Red Wings.

Nylander was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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