Swedish media reports William Nylander has signed new deal.
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Swedish media reports William Nylander has signed new deal.

William Nylander and the Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly crossed the finish line.

Jonathan Larivee

Media outlets in William Nylander's home country of Sweden are reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs star forward and his team have come to terms on a new contract.

On Saturday night, National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman reported that Nylander and the Maple Leafs were closing in on an 8 year deal that would carry an average annual value and salary cap hit somewhere in the neighborhood of $11.5 million per season. Now however, Swedish outlet Aftonbladet is reporting that their sources have confirmed the negotiations have crossed the finish line with the two parties reaching an agreement.

According to this latest report, the number reported by Friedman on Saturday night is accurate with Nylander's new deal coming in at a whopping $11.5 million per season. As a result, Nylander became the highest paid Swede in the National Hockey League alongside fellow countryman Erik Karlsson of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nylander bet on himself and came into this season without a new contract, and it appears to have paid off big time. The 27 year old forward is having a career season with 21 goals and 33 assists for a total of 54 points in just 37 games, on pace for a whopping 120 point season at this time.

Only time will tell however how this deal plays out for the Maple Leafs, especially considering the massive commitment in cap space the Maple Leafs have now made to just 4 forwards with the aforementioned Nylander as well as teammates John Tavares, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner all among the highest paid players in the National Hockey League.