Insider Pierre Lebrun Leaks Massive Secret On William Nylander's Contract Situation

Published November 17, 2023 at 0:29

One of the bigger stories surrounding the Leafs this year has been William Nylander's contract status. The star winger is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and Toronto is in a tricky situation with their cap making contract negotiations difficult.

LeBrun: 'Dialogue Is Ongoing' Between Leafs And Nylander

NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reported today that the Leafs and Nylander mutually agreed to keep contract negotiations quiet. Neither side wants this information to become public.

"The thing about it is that it's been quiet by design. Both sides made a pact before the season started. They did not want any leaks whatsoever."

Given that we have heard basically nothing about Nylander's contract negotiations, this seems to be true. As such, it would also make sense of both sides have continued to negotiate his next deal behind closed doors, which is exactly what LeBrun believes is going on.

"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."

Nylander's Hot Start Makes Contract Negotiations Difficult

Nylander is currently riding the most productive hot-streak of his career. Through a season-long 15-game point streak he has 10 goals and 22 points, leading the Leafs in scoring.

The Leafs already have three players with eight-digit cap hits. It seems borderline unfathomable that the team could afford another one and still fill out the rest of the roster with legitimate NHL level players. As such, the Leafs may have to get creative with Nylander's next deal, or continue to face their ongoing problem with depth scoring.

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Insider Pierre Lebrun Leaks Massive Secret On William Nylander's Contract Situation

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