Ny­lan­der signs 6-year ex­ten­sion with Maple Leafs at dead­line

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Wil­liam Ny­lan­der’s con­tract im­passe with the Toronto 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 Cal­gar­y­born Swede se­lected eighth over­all in 2014, had to sign by the dead­line to be el­i­gi­ble to play in the NHL 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 stretch­ing through the sum­mer, into train­ing camp and ul­ti­mately forc­ing the 22-year-old winger to miss 26 games.

Ny­lan­der is com­ing off back-to-back 61-point sea­sons, in­clud­ing a 201718 cam­paign that saw him score 20 goals and add 41 as­sists. He had 49 points at even strength, with a team-high 34 as­sists. He has 48 goals and 87 as­sists for 135 points in 185 ca­reer games. Ny­lan­der has added two goals and six as­sists in 13 play­off out­ings.

High­lights

Sen­a­tors 6, Sharks 2: Ben Harpur scored his first NHL goal, Craig Ander­son stopped 36 shots and the Sen­a­tors spoiled Erik Karls­son’s re­turn to Ot­tawa by beat­ing San Jose. Karls­son, the for­mer Sen­a­tors cap­tain, was play­ing his first game in Ot­tawa since he was traded to San Jose in the off­sea­son.

Ryan Dzin­gel, Mark

Stone, Mikkel Boed­ker, Mag­nus Paa­jarvi and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Sen­a­tors (12-12-3). Stars 2, Canucks 1: Alex Radulov scored the goa­head goal late in the third pe­riod as Dal­las won in Van­cou­ver. Jamie Benn also scored mid­way through the third for the Stars, who are 3-1-1 in their last five games. Ben Bishop made 24 saves in his first start since re­turn­ing from an in­jury.

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