William Nylander does not intend to negotiate his next contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs until after this season, he told Sportsnet. On the morning the Winnipeg Jets announced a $42-million, seven-year extension with Nikolaj Ehlers – a player taken one spot behind Nylander in the 2014 NHL Draft – the Leafs winger indicated that he wouldn’t be comfortable if talks were held while he was focused on playing. “Well, I’m a guy who just wants to: If we do it, (either) before the season or after,” Nylander told Sportsnet prior to Wednesday’s opener at Bell MTS Place. “We’re just trying to focus on the team, and the way I’m playing during the year.” Ehlers and Nylander should provide an interesting case study because of the different ways the Jets and Leafs chose to handle their second contracts. In addition to being drafted close together, they’ve produced at a similar rate – with Ehlers holding an edge in goals (25-22) and points (64-61) last season, but Nylander holding a better points-per-game average (.72-.66) in the NHL overall.
William Nylander doesn’t want to negotiate with Leafs during season
Sportsnet | Oct 5