Insider Provides Update on William Nylander Contract Talks and Pact with Team

Published November 17, 2023 at 9:29 PM

With William Nylander set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brad Treliving's top priority will be re-signing him. An Insider is providing an update on that situation.

According to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, the reason things have been quiet is because both parties agreed it should be that way. He adds the continued silence means they're on the right track.

"The thing about it is that its been quiet by design. Both sides made a pact before the season started. They did not want any leaks whatsoever. Both sides want to be tight-lipped and that's exactly the way it's played out so far. And the reality is, if this thing had gone off the rails in terms of contract talks, you probably would be hearing more because you'd get some message sending from one side or the other."

The problem, although not really a problem at all if you're Nylander and his agent, is that the 27-year-old is arguably the team's best player so far in 2023-24. Nylander leads the team in points with 22, and is tied with Auston Matthews in goals with 15. LeBrun stated that will be an issue for the cap-strapped Leafs.

"The reality is, the dialogue is ongoing. My understanding is both sides keep going back and forth. They hope to get something done between now and July 1st, but it's a difficult contract to get done. William Nylander has been spectacular, his salary leverage keeps going up, but the Leafs, also, keep dealing with the salary cap."

Can Toronto have four players making making in the double digit millions and still be able to have a good team around them? It's not going to easy. And Treliving knows that Nylander will get offers in the $10 million or higher range if he hits the open market. The clock is ticking.
November 17   |   72 answers
Insider Provides Update on William Nylander Contract Talks and Pact with Team

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