William Nylander has just one goal in the past 17 games and his current slump may impact how the Toronto Maple Leafs proceed with contract negotiations. The young Swede is a pending restricted free agent and while at one point early in the season it appeared the eighth-overall pick from 2014 was a lock to earn a long-term extension—he had nine points in his first eight games of the season—Nylander’s second NHL contract might now end up being some type of bridge deal instead. Nylander’s recent cold streak has been “creating some issues in the near term for Mike Babcock, but in the longer term for the Toronto Maple Leafs this might end up not being the worst thing in the world,” Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston said Saturday during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. The Maple Leafs had the opportunity to sign Nylander to a long-term deal following his 2016-17 rookie campaign in which he scored 22 goals and 61 points in 81 games yet general manager Lou Lamoriello decided to wait.
William Nylander slump could save Maple Leafs money in the long term
Sportsnet | Nov 26