Nander, Dubas, relieved to end-month long impasse and get down to hockey



John Chidley-Hill, the Canadian Press

Published Monday, December 3, 2018 7:52 PM EST

Toronto – If William Nayer never decided to give his hockey career he might consider moving to Las Vegas.

"I did not say that much poker, but maybe I should give it a try," said a nurse with a laugh on Monday night, two days after the 22-year-old winger Re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, ending a month -Long contract haltiness that sometimes resembled a high-stakes game of Texas Hold 'em.

Nylander and Maple Leafs general manager Calle Dubas agreed to a US federal lawyer. It. $ 6.9 million six year insurance less than one hour before Saturday 5p.m. ET deadline. Dubai has given the official paperwork with the NHL and players' association with minutes to spare, officially ending the impasse.

"If I were here now, I said that with 45 minutes left and he's not signed up, I have no concern, then I'm a liar," said Dubas, laughing. "Yes, there was concern."

Nileander's entry-level deal expired on July 1 and negotiations stretched by the summer and at that time, finally forcing him to miss a third of Toronto's 2018-19 campaign. Although the two sides were in regular contact, this did not get moving until the 11 hours when Nileander called Dubas to get a deal.

"It was getting in the last 40 minutes before the term, and I talked to my agent, and I said," let him just call him, "and I think that phone call really got everything done," said Nizer.

Nizer comes back to back 61-point seasons, including 20 goals and 41 assists in 2017-18. The Calgary native Swede has 48 goals and 87 assists for 135 points in 185 career games. He also has two goals and six assists in 13 post-season appearances.

Coming at this time, he held a top-six forward for the Maple Leafs. But Toronto was not without him, compiling a 19-8-0 record that puts it at the top of the Eastern Conference Standings.

His teams, who were in St Paul's husband, wanted to play the wild on Saturday night, initially watched the deadline.

"I've been checking my twitter feed every 15 seconds, that's safe," said Caspery Kapanen, who was the resident's alien's last year. "Of course, there were down to the wire there and I was nervous, but it was a good feeling."

Nylander's return raises two important questions for the Maple Leafs.

The first is an immediate one: what line will he play now that he is back? Captain has been stepped up and became effective on a line with Aston Mathius and Veteran Patrick Marleau, set off 10 goals and eight assists in 27 games, all career highs.

Head Mike McCook is closely-lipped with media about his line combinations on Monday and both Nander and Kapanen admitted they are in the dark too.

"Good question," said Kapan when asked about a possible line change. "Nothing for sure right now, however, the team is playing well and we have to focus on what we are doing now and keep playing."

The second question is a financial one, as Nyander's signing makes for a potentially difficult situation for Dubas as he tries to be young star salaries under the heavy salary cap of the League.

Matthews won the 2016 Caucasus Trophy as the Rockies of the Year of the Cappadoc, with Mitch Marner, leading the team with 38 points (six goals, 22 assists), all right to become free agents at the same time. That is on top of Superstar forward John Tawars's seven-year business worth $ 11 million per season which was signed the past summer.

"We know that in the market there is always a lot of questions about it, I think the players are very good," said Dubas. "We have some limited free agents, we have some looming unrestricted free agents, I think it's a lucky position that we are in the talented players that are part of our organization.

"We have already started the conversations and we will continue with the ambition of making them as soon as possible."

Nander's team is all happy to see him get compensated with a lucrative and long contract.

"When I saw him, I did the rain-dancing rain on him," said Marner. "Just gave him a throat, said Congress on the new contract. You're all excited to have him back here he is a big part of the team.

Nandar completed medical evaluations on Monday morning, forcing him to miss the trial. Toronto plays in Buffalo on Tuesday. He is not sure if he would be ready to join the team on Thursday in Detroit or on Saturday at Boston.


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