Nylander, who is currently in a contract holdout, will meet with Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas (along with the player's representatives) in Switzerland on Wednesday, Lance Hornby of Toronto Sun reports, citing a separate source. As suggested in the report, it's not clear if the purpose of the summit is to imminently get Nylander a new contract with the Buds, or whether it's simply to assure him that he can still garner a long-term extension with the Original Six club, as opposed to getting dealt. John Tavares is signed through 2024-15 at $11 million per season, plus 21-year-old phenom Austin Matthews is sure to get a huge payday when his entry-level deal expires next summer, but Nylander probably deserves a lucrative deal of his own after notching 61 points in each of the last two seasons. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
Nylander (contract dispute) continues to work out in Sweden and says he "has to take of himself" during negotiations, reports TheStar.com. Nylander's agent is dealing with the negotiations and the winger maintains he remains in the dark about details of the conversations. But he added, "... at the end of the day, I have to take care of myself and do what I and my agent think is right. Especially if it's about several years to come. I have to think long term." Leafs President Brendan Shanahan came out swinging Wednesday, suggesting that all of the Leafs' young players may need to make financial concessions to stay together. The Leafs are dug in. Willie wants to play. One of them will blink soon enough and Nylander will be back on the ice. Reserve him until then.
The Leafs' young stars, starting with Nylander, are going to have to make financial sacrifices to stay together as a core group, said Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. Nylander remains without a contract as the season starts. Shanahan took off the gloves at a news conference Wednesday. He referenced his own sacrifices as a player in Detroit that ultimately delivered the city several Cups. And Shanahan also cited John Tavares' signing. "With the challenges of today, you have to figure out what's most important to you," Shanahan told reporters Wednesday. "[Tavares] could have made more money elsewhere, but it wasn't his job to set a new bar or to please other people with other interests." The Leafs want Nylander in the fold soon, but the two sides are apparently still $1.5-2 million apart. Expect the team to dig in.
Nylander (contract dispute) remains unsigned and, as such, is not on the Leafs' 23-man roster for Opening Night against the Canadiens on Wednesday. At this point, there appears to be no end in sight for Nylander's contract impasse with the Leafs. Until the winger lands a new deal, Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen figure to round out Toronto's fourth line alongside Par Lindholm. Even if Nylander signed Wednesday, he would be unlikely to dress for a few games until he can get up to speed after missing the entirety of training camp.
General manager Kyle Dubas said Nylander won't be traded, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. "I've been asked, 'Do you want to trade him right now?' And the answer is, 'No,'" Dubas said. "Circumstances can change. But it's not in any plan or any discussion we've had that we're going to trade any of these players." Nylander is one of two unsigned restricted free agents with Anaheim's Nick Ritchie being the other. Nylander, 22, has back-to-back, 61-point seasons under his belt, so the Maple Leafs would like Nylander to return and flank a line with Auston Matthews, but the contract negotiations seem to be moving slowly. The team opens the regular season Oct. 3 against the Canadiens.
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