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SportsRick Zamperin: William Nylander, Maple Leafs reunited and it feels so good

14:06  06 december  2018
14:06  06 december  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

Babcock confident Nylander will sign with Maple Leafs

Babcock confident Nylander will sign with Maple Leafs Babcock confident Nylander will sign with Maple Leafs

William Andrew Michael Junior Nylander Altelius (born 1 May 1996) is a Canadian-born Swedish professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The National Hockey League season begins in five weeks and the clock is ticking on the Toronto Maple Leafs to resign one of their young star players. William Nylander is a restricted free agent and while the talented winger and Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas have said they are in no hurry to get a

Rick Zamperin: William Nylander, Maple Leafs reunited and it feels so good© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander smiles as he speaks to the media regarding his new contract in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

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It is a reunion that Toronto Maple Leafs fans have been pining to see for a while.

William Nylander will make his season debut Thursday night, less than a week after he ended his two-month-long holdout and signed a new six-year contract with Toronto.

I can't help but think of that famous Peaches and Herb song from 1978, Reunited:

Does William Nylander have a future with Leafs beyond this season?

Does William Nylander have a future with Leafs beyond this season? With the deadline only a few days away, no one knows what’s going to happen with William Nylander and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The post Landeskog breaks tie to get Avalanche over Crosby & Penguins appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

The Maple Leafs took Nylander with the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. After the 5-foot-11, 190-pound center was the fifth-leading scorer at the Nylander may soon be competing in the NHL against his brother Alexander, who was taken by the Buffalo Sabres with the eighth pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

As the William Nylander countdown clock tick-tocks a little louder in advance of Saturday’s deadline, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to guess as to what might happen with one of the team’s top forwards.

Reunited, and it feels so good

Reunited 'cause we understood

There's one perfect fit

And, sugar, this one is it

We both are so excited 'cause we're reunited, hey, hey

You're singing that song in your head right now, aren't you? You're welcome.

Also watch: Leafs center William Nylander is ‘happy to be back’ (Provided by Canadian Press)


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I'm sure the vast majority of Leafs fans attending the game against Detroit at Scotiabank Arena are going to give Nylander a warm reception when he steps back onto the ice. But I won't at all be surprised if a few disgruntled fans — given all the drama they had to endure during the contract negotiations — give Willie the gears, at least until he scores his first goal.

Report: 'Highly unlikely' Maple Leafs trade Nylander before 5 p.m. deadline

Report: 'Highly unlikely' Maple Leafs trade Nylander before 5 p.m. deadline It appears the William Nylander standoff has come down to one of two possible conclusions: sign or sit. It's "highly unlikely" the Toronto Maple Leafs will trade Nylander before Saturday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. If Nylander doesn't sign a contract before then, he'll be ineligible to play at all this season. If the deadline passes without a new contract, the Maple Leafs could still theoretically deal Nylander's rights this season before February 25, but it would essentially rule out any trade partner with playoff aspirations.

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas continues to hold firm in contract negotiations with restricted free agent forward William Nylander . With the deadline looming, Dubas is feeling the pressure to do something but I don’t think it will include sweetening the pot. Dubas is charting a

The first place Toronto Maple Leafs are getting superlative performances from up and down their lineup, but three players in particular have stormed out And if Kapanen keeps performing, Nylander ’s negotiating power diminishes by the day. "Playing with those two, it 's amazing, it feels easy & it 's just

Given how Nylander has played against the Red Wings over his two-year NHL career, it may not take him long to find the scoresheet in his first game back. The speedy, 22-year-old Swede has three goals and four assists in eight games versus Detroit and has a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

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Barring a huge surprise, Nylander is going to be rejoined with super centre Auston Matthews on one of the Leafs' top two lines. However, that should not come at the expense of fellow right winger Kasperi Kapanen. Kapanen, 22, is having a breakout season — recording career highs with 10 goals and nine assists through 28 games — while playing many of those contests alongside Matthews.

Given that Kapanen and Nylander are also good friends off the ice, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock should keep the two players on either side of Matthews and move veteran winger Patrick Marleau to the third line with Nazem Kadri, who he's played with semi-regularly, and Connor Brown.

Maple Leafs' Nylander not bitter after lengthy contract stalemate

Maple Leafs' Nylander not bitter after lengthy contract stalemate Maple Leafs' Nylander not bitter after lengthy contract stalemate

Toronto Maple Leafs waiting for William Nylander to realize his privilege Tip of the Tower (Weblog)13:07. N.B. Relevance is automatically assessed so some headlines not qualifying as Toronto Maple Leafs news might appear - please feel free to contact us regarding any persistent

The Leafs never would have called William Nylander ’s name if Brian Burke had stuck around. But whatever the Leafs management thought about Michael Nylander ’s perceived issues clearly paled in comparison to his son’s skill, and the Leafs selected William with the eighth overall draft pick.

Without Nylander this season, Toronto has compiled a record of 20-8, good for second overall in the NHL. Now that he's reunited with his teammates, I'm very eager to see how much better this Leafs team can be.

Maple Leafs forward lines, if I were Mike Babcock:

Kasperi Kapanen — Auston Matthews — William Nylander

Zach Hyman — John Tavares — Mitch Marner

Patrick Marleau — Nazem Kadri — Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis — Par Lindholm — Andreas Johnsson

Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas on what he told Nylander regarding a trade.
Kyle Dubas told Prime Time Sports what he told William Nylander regarding whether or not the forward would be traded while Dubas is GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The post Term & length of Nylander deal not surprising to Shannon appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

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