Leafs, Nylander sign 6-year extension
William Nylander’s contract impasse with the Maple Leafs has ended.
The restricted free agent signed a six-year deal Saturday, just before the 5 p.m. deadline. The deal is worth $10.2 million this season and $6.9 million a year the rest of the seasons.
Nylander, the Calgary-born Swede selected eighth overall in 2014, had to sign by the deadline to be eligible to play this season. He and the club had been at odds on the terms of a new agreement after his entry-level contract expired July 1, with negotiations forcing the 22-year-old winger to miss 26 games.
Nylander is coming off back-to-back 61-point seasons. Nazem Kadri broke a tie with 3:20 to play and Zach Hyman scored twice in the Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Wild. It was the Leafs’ fourth straight victory and the Wild’s third loss in a row. ... Ben Harpur scored his first career goal to help the Senators rout the Sharks 6-2. It was the Senators’ third win in a row and the Sharks’ fourth straight loss.