Saturday is 5:00. The ET term, when William Nylander signed with Toronto Maple Leafs, is very fast approaching and has more than a few viewers who feel quite nervous.
But coach Mike Babcock does not appear to be part of this group.
In an interview with reporters on Thursday, Babcock expressed his conviction that Nylander would soon be in uniform with the team and would remain Leafs for a long time.
"We think Willy will be here and we think Willy will be here for a long time," said Babcock. "We think Willy will be a career Leaf."
Babcock's comments on Nyland stay in Toronto for the remainder of his career one day after sportsman Elliotte Friedman suggested on Wednesday night that Tim & Sid, although Leafs and Nylander would make a deal, would be the Swedes' final in Blue and White.
"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."
Babcock seems to disagree with this view.
Nylander, a limited free agent, comes from seasonally 61 points. It has been reported that Leafs and Nylander's camp is "close" when they arrive at a network in talks with Nylandre, allegedly willing to accept $ 6.9 million a year.
Currently, he is the second in the Atlanta Division and only two points behind Buffalo Sabers by NHL Leafs played without Nylander so far, but that does not mean they are not welcome to return. Babcock surely looks like a guy who wants to let the star forward on his bench. Ditto for Kasperi Kapanen.
Leafs will play Saturday against Minnesota Wild at 7:00. ET, a few hours after Nylander signs the deadline.