Maple Leafs excited for Nylander's return after contract extension

Fantasy hockey waiver wire William Nylander returns add Eeli Tolvanen and Josh Morrissey

Through 185 games with the Leafs he has amassed 48 goals and 87 assists. "He's a big part of this team", Matthews said.

Nylander has not played this season as he was in a contract dispute with Toronto for the first two months of the season. "Hopefully it does get resolved soon".

TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted that the contract carries a pro-rated salary of $10 million ($6.77 million) plus a $2 million signing bonus for this season, and in the second year, the base salary is $700,000, with a signing bonus of $8.3 million.

There is a chance the Leafs negotiate a trade with another team, but with the deadline Saturday it looks more likely the Leafs sign Nylander.

"He likes to compare a team to a band and you have drummers in the band, and he called me the drummer".

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

Told that at least three other teams have discussed contracts with Nylander's side, but only one is still going down that path.

"I've said it many times: I'm just hopeful Willie is going to be in our lineup starting whenever he gets over here and gets signed today and get it all worked out", Babcock said.

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"We're all really excited about it", said Marner, who had two assists in the win.

"That's a great game by us", said Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk.

The Maple Leafs already were an offensive threat on the ice.

With his return to the lineup, Toronto will get yet another unsafe offensive weapon up front.

The Calgary-born Nylander, who has lived in Sweden since he was 14, played junior hockey in Sweden before being drafted by Toronto in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, eighth overall.

Nylander is coming off back-to-back 61-point seasons, including a 2017-18 campaign that saw him score 20 goals and add 41 assists. Nylander has added two goals and six assists in 13 playoff outings.

But Kasperi Kapanen, one of Nylander's good friends, occupied the right side on that unit for most of the early part of the schedule until Matthews suffered a left shoulder injury on October 27 that ruled him out of action for 14 games.

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