Ramblings: Nylander Finally Signs, Karlsson Returns To Ottawa, Wilson Not Suspended (Dec 2)

Ian Gooding

2018-12-02


The William Nylander watch finally came to an end on Saturday, and the Leafs came through with a buzzer beater. Whether the last-minute drama was intentional or not, the RFA forward agreed to six-year contract with an average annual value of $6.9 million. If you’re in a salary cap league, you’ve had literally all offseason plus two months to prepare for this, and you knew that Nylander would get paid from someone. I personally thought (guessed) bridge deal, but now that Nylander is signed long term, it will be interesting to see how Kyle Dubas manages superstar RFAs Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, not to mention whether Nylander is eventually traded.

Some comparable contracts to Nylander’s, which will no doubt be cited by agents of pending RFAs in the very near future:
 


In the Fantasy Guide, Nylander was projected to score 60 points in 75 games. Assuming he returns right away, Nylander has only 55 games to play, which over that span would put him at 44 points. He will likely need a few games to get back up to NHL speed, so don’t expect immediate returns if you’ve been hanging onto him all this time.

Nylander’s imminent arrival, which could occur as early as Tuesday against Buffalo, could mean that Kasperi Kapanen is bumped off th