August 28, 2018 6:00 am
Updated: August 29, 2018 9:03 am

Rick Zamperin: Still no deal between William Nylander and the Maple Leafs

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The National Hockey League season begins in five weeks and the clock is ticking on the Toronto Maple Leafs to resign one of their young star players.

William Nylander is a restricted free agent and while the talented winger and Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas have said they are in no hurry to get a deal done, shouldn’t they be, like, getting a deal done?

The two sides are talking, so there’s that, but Maple Leafs fans are eager to see what Nylander gets in regards to term and price point.

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The eighth overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft has scored 20-plus goals in back-to-back seasons and has collected 135 points in 185 career games with Toronto.

Nylander, 22, has indicated that he wishes to sign a long term contract with the Leafs, which shows some loyalty, but from a salary cap standpoint does that make the most sense for the Maple Leafs?

Nylander is not going to want to take a hometown discount on a long term deal but he’s also turning his nose at a two-year bridge contract.

Dubas not only has to think about resigning Nylander this summer, he has two other – and bigger – priorities to consider.

The entry level contracts of superstar center Auston Matthews and dynamic winger Mitch Marner expire next summer and the Leafs have to make sure – especially after signing prized free agent John Tavares this summer – that all these mega-deals keep the club under the salary cap.

How much do the Leafs pay Matthews, Marner and Nylander, and for how long?

It’s definitely a delicate balance for Dubas.

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