Monday , May 17 2021

Mike Babcock: "We think Niallander will be a career leader"



Saturday at 5:00. ET's deadline for getting William Nyllander with Toronto Maple Leafs is very fast approaching and there are more than a few spectators who feel pretty nervous.

It seems that head coach Mike Babcock is not in the group.

In a statement to reporters on Thursday, Babcock expressed confidence that Nullander will soon be in uniform with the team and that he will remain a member of Lifethe for a long time.

"We think Willie will be here and we think Willie will be here for a long time," says Babcock. "We think Willy will be a career list."

Babcock's comments on Niallander who stay in Toronto for the rest of his career comes a day after Elliott Friedman of Sportsnet addressed Tim and Sid on Wednesday night that even if Leafs and Nylander agree a deal, this would be the Swede's final season Blue and White.

"The one thing that I believe, no matter what happens, is that this will be William Nylander's last season as the Toronto Gambling List," Friedman said. "Whether signing or not signing, this will be. And, even if he signs it, I think Toronto replaces it with the draft at the latest.

"One way or another, I think this is over. I'll be surprised if I play for Toronto next season."

It would seem that Babcock would not agree with this opinion.

Niallander, a limited free agent, comes from a season of 61 points. It has been reported that the Leafs and Nylander camps are "close" as they went down to a wire in negotiations with Nylander allegedly willing to accept something at $ 6.9 million a year.

Currently the second in the Atlantic Division and only two points back from the leading NBA Leagues Buffalo Sabers, Leafs have only played fine without a Nilander, but that does not mean they will not accept his return. Babcock certainly looks like a man who would like the star to go back to his bench. Except for teammate Casper Kapanen.

The lists then play Saturday against the wild Minnesota at 7:00 am. ET, hours after the deadline for signing Niallander.


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