William Nylander's Fate In Toronto Gaining Steam According To Insider Chris Johnston

Published December 22, 2023 at 3:54 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs star forward William Nylander is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and is currently gaining significant attention due to his outstanding performance.

William Nylander's Decision On His Future In Toronto Is Gaining Steam According To Insiders Chris Johnston And Darren Dreger

Chris Johnston of The Athletic reports that there's been positive development in a contract extension between the Leafs and Nylander. Nylander previously indicated he's not interested in taking a hometown discount to stay in Toronto but that might be necessary to make it work with the salary cap.

Here's what Chris Johnston had to say:

"Well, they're certainly working away at it and I think that's maybe why there is no worry," Johnston stated during an appearance on TSN's 'Insider Trading'. "Because at this point in time, it does seem that the Leafs and William Nylander's camp are on the same page on a number of fronts. For one, neither of them want to talk about this publicly, obviously they're keeping a lid on negotiations as much as they can.

Nylander's impressive start to the season is elevating his market value currently on pace for 115 points. He's scored 15 goals and 27 assists in 30 games so far this season.

More from insider Chris Johnston:

But secondly, I think one thing that remains unchanged is what Nylander absolutely wants to be a Maple Leaf long-term. It's still his goal and his camp's goal to get a deal done. The Leafs want to sign a player who has had a tremendous season for them so far this year. And so the fact that the talks remain, that there does seem to be some optimism there, I think it's a positive sign as we look toward a new year when they'll try to get a deal done."

Darren Dreger also provided us with an update regarding Nylander's future this morning on First Up.

Will the Swedish star re-sign with the Leafs long term? It appears his fate will likely be decided in the near future.

Stay tuned.
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