September 27, 2018 | 10:10am ET
ONGOING TALKS BETWEEN MAPLE LEAFS, NYLANDER
William Nylander, forward
The Toronto Maple Leafs and William Nylander’s camp continue to have an ongoing dialogue about a new contract for the restricted free agent forward.
Nylander, 22, had his three-year, entry-level contract expire July 1 and the two sides have been unable to reach a deal, to date.
Both the Maple Leafs and Nylander’s side, led by agent Lewis Gross, have tried to hammer out a long-term contract, in the six-to-eight year range, but it’s possible they work towards a short-term deal.
During the latest edition of TSN’s “Insider Trading,” TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported Nylander could end up with a three-year bridge deal, similar to what Ryan Johansen and Nikita Kucherov signed after their entry-level deals – both players went on to sign eight-year extensions.
It’s believed teams have inquired about Nylander’s availability, but all indications are both sides are focused on ironing out a contract.
Nylander registered 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points in 82 games with the Leafs last season.
Meanwhile, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported contract talks between the Maple Leafs and defenceman Jake Gardiner could pick up in the next “several weeks.”
Gardiner, 28, is in the final-year of a five-year, $20.25 million contract and could command a new long-term contract in, according to Dreger, the $6 million to $7 million range, per year.