New Information has Surfaced Regarding Nylander's Next Contract

Elliot Ben Jacob
August 24, 2023  (10:04 PM)

Nylander's Contract Update

Insider information sheds light on the anticipated signing of William Nylander's next contract, following remarks from Darren Dreger.

Highlights from Dreger's Discussion

On OverDrive1050, TSN insider Darren Dreger delved into the contract situation surrounding William Nylander. The discussion was enlightening.
Host: "Speaking with TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger, who I'm just assuming brought the crystal ball with him on the three-day drive to Southern Manitoba, if you can inquire, when are we going to get a deal done for Nylander? How long do you think it is?"

Dreger: "Well, I think that the player would have to agree for it to happen anytime soon. I do. And, you know, the messages that I keep receiving from my sources are, look, we're just going to have to wait and see.

And I inquired earlier today about what we speculated on a couple of minutes ago. What if they went with a mega eight-year deal? And what if that number was around 9 million? Could they do that? And again, I received a non-answer back. We'll have to wait and see.

So I'm going to apply that to the possibility of Nylander signing or not signing a contract extension. But as we've already established through a number of different sources here, time is on the side of the team. They don't want to lose him.

They're going to continue to work on it. There's no contention here. At least I don't get that sense. It's not progressing as smoothly as it did with Matthews. But there's still time, so it's impossible to say if it'll get done anytime soon. I'd be very surprised if a deal was completed before the start of the season. I'd be genuinely surprised."

Interpreting Dreger's Perspective

Dreger's insight paints a picture of the Leafs' situation regarding Nylander. While concerns grow about Nylander possibly entering training camp without a signed contract, Dreger doesn't sense that apprehension. Nylander and his representative appear to play their cards carefully, maintaining their negotiation power.

The Leafs have a substantial 10 months ahead to finalize Nylander's extension. Collaborations between the Leafs, Nylander, and his agent, Lewis Gross, will likely intensify to ensure his long-term commitment to Toronto.