Some of William Nylander’s teammates arrived at the arena early before their Saturday night game against the Minnesota Wild, eagerly anticipating news of a contract extension that would bring the star forward back to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup.

When coach Mike Babcock told them Nylander had signed a six-year deal, they were thrilled. Then they got their cell phones out.

“Babs popped out of the office and said we signed him,” Mitch Marner said after Toronto’s 5-3 win in St. Paul. “Of course everyone nowadays just goes right to a phone, so about 20 of us go over, grab our phones. The next thing you know, you see the signing.

“We’re all really excited about it. We can’t wait to get him back in Toronto.”

Nylander, a restricted free agent, signed moments before the 5 p.m. ET deadline Saturday, inking a deal that will pay him an average annual value of $6.9 million US, and allow him to play the rest of the season.


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