Nylander beats deadline, signs six-year deal with Maple Leafs
Center William Nylander’s contract impasse with the Toronto Maple Leafs ended just before Saturday’s deadline.
The 22-year-old restricted free agent signed a six-year, $41.77 million contract. A Calgaryborn Swede selected eighth in the 2014 NHL draft, Nylander had to sign by the deadline to be eligible to play in the NHL this season.
Nylander is coming off back-to-back 61-point seasons, including a 20-goal, 41-assist campaign in 2017-18. He has 48 goals and 87 assists for 135 points in 185 NHL games.
■ Center Filip Forsberg, Nashville’s top scorer with 14 goals and 22 points this season, was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. With right wing Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb) and defenseman P.K. Subban (upper body) already on IR, the Predators’ top three scorers from 2017-18 are sidelined.