(Toronto) William Nylander will wear the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey for many years to come.
The Swedish-born forward has agreed to an eight-year, US$92 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs, the NHL team confirmed Monday.
This is the largest contract in Toronto team history in terms of total value and includes a no-movement clause.
The 27-year-old Nylander has scored 21 goals and 33 assists in 37 games this season.
Toronto drafted Nylander eighth overall in the 2014 draft. He has 198 goals and 286 assists in 558 career games with the Maple Leafs, and his defensive rating stands at plus-28.
Nylander was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2023-24 season.
With this deal, the Maple Leafs will spend approximately $45.75 million on their so-called “core,” consisting of Nylander, center Auston Matthews, captain John Tavares and winger Mitch Marner for next season.
Defenseman Morgan Rielly is also in the second year of an eight-year contract worth $7.5 million per season. These five players represent over 60% of the Maple Leafs salary cap.
All five have a no-movement clause in their contract.
Nylander was named an All-Star for the first time last season and had career highs with 40 goals and 47 assists.
The two sides reached an agreement before his current contract, signed in 2018, expired.
The deal was the result of a tough negotiation in which Nylander skipped training camp and refused to play for the team until he agreed to a six-year contract and $45 million on December 1st.