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Nylander return to Maple Leafs has them 'all really excited about it'

Nylander return to Maple Leafs has them 'all really excited about it'”

Forward William Nylander agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Saturday, the team confirmed.

"I've said it many times: I'm just hopeful Willie is going to be in our lineup starting whenever he gets over here and gets signed today and get it all worked out", Babcock said.

Hyman added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal Toronto's fourth straight victory and Minnesota's third loss in a row. Hopefully he gets us on a run here, get in a couple practices.

The Maple Leafs are whole again.

Nylander, who was born in Calgary when his father Michael played for the Flames, has 48 goals and 87 assists in 185 career games to go along with eight points (2-6) in 13 playoff outings.

First-year Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas was negotiating with Nylander's agent Lewis Gross.

Take good friend Kasperi Kapanen for instance, who admitted to a herd of reporters Thursday that thoughts of Willy's return have been literally creeping into his dreams - like much of Leafs Nation, I'm sure.

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With his return to the lineup, Toronto will get yet another risky offensive weapon up front. "He's a great player, so we're excited about it".

"Having him back, it's just going to add more fire to this team and make us deeper", Marner said. Not for the team, not for William. If it gets closer to the deadline, you start to maybe doubt it a little bit. This ends nearly five months of negotiations between the two signs. He hasn't played a game yet while reportedly training in Europe.

Still, there's no contract and Nylander remains out of the picture as the Leafs battle for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Matthews returned to the lineup Wednesday, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

It's a massive deal for a player coming off his entry-level contract and one that puts pressure on the 2014 eighth-overall pick because he's now making more money than numerous top producers in the entire National Hockey League.

Matthews and Marner, a pair of 21 year olds whose entry-level contracts are set to expire next summer, have said they're talking with the Leafs about new deals.



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