Ny­lan­der signs 6-year ex­ten­sion with Maple Leafs at dead­line

The Tribune (SLO) (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

Fly­ers 4, Pen­guins 2: Dale Weise scored in the first minute of the third pe­riod and Philadel­phia held on to win at Pitts­burgh. Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Jakub Vo­racek also scored for the Fly­ers, who won for the sec­ond time in eight games. An­thony Sto­larz stopped 30 shots. Sid­ney Crosby scored his 14th for Pitts­burgh, while Ri­ley Shea­han also scored for the Pen­guins, who lost their sec­ond straight and sev­enth of 10. Casey DeSmith made 22 saves. 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 a lower-body in­jury that kept him side­lined for five games. Maple Leafs 5, Wild 3: Nazem Kadri broke a tie with 3:20 to play and Zach Hy­man scored twice in Toronto’s vic­tory over Min­nesota.

Cana­di­ens 5, Rangers 2: Shea We­ber and Art­turi Lehko­nen each scored twice and Mon­treal snapped a five-game los­ing streak with a vic­tory at home over New York.

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