December 1, 2018 6:14 pm
Updated: December 3, 2018 5:05 pm

Nylander signs extension with Leafs before deadline

William Nylander signed a six-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

The Canadian Press

TORONTO – William Nylander’s contract impasse has finally come to an end.

The restricted free agent signed a six-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, just before the deadline of 5 p.m. ET. The agreement carries an average annual value of US$10.2 million this season and $6.9 million from years two through six.

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Nylander, who was selected eighth overall by the Leafs in the 2014 draft, had to sign a contract by Saturday’s deadline in order to be eligible to play in the NHL this season.

Nylander and the club had been at odds on the terms of a new agreement after his entry-level contract expired July 1, with negotiations stretching through the summer, into training camp and ultimately forcing the 22-year-old winger to miss 26 games this season.

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There were reports Nylander, who remained in Europe during talks between his representatives and Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, was initially asking for $8 million per season on a long-term deal, with Toronto believed to have been countering with an offer in a $6-million range annually.

The son of former NHLer Michael Nylander was the first of Toronto’s young star forwards – Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are the others – to hit restricted free agency.

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