Elliotte Friedman reveals real injury bothering William Nylander

Graham Montgomery
April 25, 2024  (2:32 PM)

Toronto Maple Leafs star winger William Nylander celebrating a goal
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been without star winger William Nylander so far in their first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins. The team has been very secretive about his status, but today Elliotte Friedman revealed what he's dealing with.

According to the trusted and respected insider, Nylander is dealing with something that both he and the team have little control over. He reported this morning that the Swedish superstar is dealing with a severe migraine, one he woke up with after the final game of the regular season. This information does not come lightly though. The Leafs will likely not be happy that this was reported. Friedman himself noted that he is not always comfortable reporting on these topics, but he understands that this is part of his job.
Admittedly, I'm not always comfortable discussing injuries at this time of year. The William Nylander situation is unique, even by Toronto standards:

According to multiple sources, William Nylander's absence from the Toronto lineup has to do with a migraine so severe that team doctors tested to see if he suffered a concussion. One of the reasons for the secrecy around his situation is that an actual diagnosis has been hard to come by, whether it is a migraine, a concussion or something else that could affect that area.
This is very troubling news for Leafs fans as it sounds like Nylander could remain out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Furthermore, this could be a very serious condition with lasting affects on the superstar. Regardless of what happens the rest of the season this year, the Leafs will be relying on Nylander for years to come.
So it seems that William Nylander's absence is from severe migraines according to EF
Of course, all of that being said, Nylander's health will always be the top priority, as many fans pointed out. At the end of the day, hockey is just a sport. It doesn't really matter. What does matter is people.
If it is a head injury of any kind, playing hockey (a game) is irrelevant to his overall health. He's a human being and this is just a game. We might all be fervent fans of the game and our teams, but there's always next year and we should always defer to the mental/head health of any player.
Hopefully, Nylander will be healthy enough to return for game four as the Leafs look to tie the series for a second time. Everyone here at DailyHockeyDose is wishing the best for him.