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Does William Nylander have this season's future with Leafs?



With a deadline that is only a few days away, nobody knows what will happen to William Nylander and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dancing Swedish wings are up to half an hour. ET on December 1 to sign a contract or otherwise restricted free agent will be considered unfit to play during the NHL 2018-19 campaign.

Nylander, a 22-year-old player with 135 points in 185 career NHL games, has basically four choices to play on Saturday night: sign a short-term deal, sign a long-term deal, trade or remain unsigned and sit out of season.

No matter what happens to Nylander in the short run, his long-term future remains with the team that proposed him the eighth match in the NHL Draft in 2014.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman shared his opinion on this matter when he appeared on Tim and Sid.

"The only thing I believe, no matter what happens, is that it will be the last season of William Nylander as Toronto Maple Leaf," Friedman said. "Whatever he signs or signing, it will be so. And even if he signs up, I think Toronto is trading him at the latest.

"One way or the other, I think it was over, and I would be surprised if he will play in Toronto next season."

The Toronto salary situation will only complicate matters. While currently there is plenty of space under the navigation cap, Maple Leafs have a handful of waiting RFAs that will need new offers next summer. Among them are Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, both of whom could potentially gain more lucrative eyelids than what eventually ends Nyland.

Friedman remarked on this during the Leafs-Sharks first break.

What do you think the result will be? Let us know in the comments below.


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