Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander remains in Sweden as he and the team continue negotiations on a new contract, and wants to ensure that any new contract he signs with Toronto, helps him take care of himself first and foremost.
“In the end I have to take care of myself and do what I and my agent thinks is right,” Mylander said, according to Aftonbladet, as translated by Sportsnet. “Especially if it’s about several years to come. I need to think long term. It’s my own future it’s about.”
Nylander is focused on landing a long-term deal.
Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has stated that he prefers Nylander sign a long-term deal, but the team insists that there is a team-first approach to deals, and that top players take less money to keep the team under the salary cap.
John Tavares did so when he inked a deal with Toronto this summer, taking $11 million annually when he could have pulled in more on the market.
“It wasn’t (Tavares’) responsibility to set a new bar or to please other people with other interests,” team president Brendan Shanahan said, according to Sportsnet. “He’s a hockey player. He wanted to come here and win hockey games. He wanted to be treated fairly and he is. And yes, that is what is we would hope and expect from our players as we go forward.”
“Right now, I do not know more than all the rest of you,” Nylander said, per Aftonbladet. “I have not received any messages and have no contact with Toronto. It’s my agent who takes care of everything.”
Hurricanes Activate Goalie Scott Darling
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling has been officially activated from injured reserve Monday and then subsequently assigned to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on a conditioning stint, Hurricanes’ general manager Don Waddell announced on Monday.
Darling will suit up on Wendesday for the Checkers as they take on the Utica Comets and it will mark Darling’s first appearance since suffering a lower-body injury during Carolina’s final preseason contest back on September 30th.
Darling is looking to bounce back following a rough 2017-2018 campaign.
Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones To Make Season Debut Against Arizona
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will make his long-awaited season debut on Tuesday as the Blue Jackets take to the ice to face off with the Arizona Coyotes, Columbus head coach John Tortella announced on Monday.
Jones has been out since a preseason game back on September 25th which saw him suffer an MCL sprain that was initially to sideline him for four-to-six weeks of time.
The return of Jones will be a welcome sight for the Blue Jackets as Jones finished second in team scoring last season and led all Columbus defensemen with 57 points.
Devils’ Jesper Bratt Out 2-3 Weeks
New Jersey Devils forward Jesper Bratt will be out 2-3 weeks with a broken jaw.
Bratt, 20, was injured Thursday when he was hit in the face by a puck that was shot from the point and deflected off the crossbar.
“It was just a freak accident after practice; he was in the corner and there was a shot that went to the net and it hit the crossbar and inadvertently hit him,” Devils head coach John Hynes said (h/t NHL.com). “He has a fracture and no surgery is needed, so that’s good news. He should be able to continue his physical activity over the course of that time and he’ll be back ready to go when that time comes.”
“It stinks because he’s had a great training camp,” Devils forward Travis Zajac said. “He was playing better than how he started last year, but he’ll get a chance to come back even stronger. It’s one of those things as a young guy you just have to take in stride, not let it bother you, and just make sure you’re prepared to contribute when you do come back.”
“I met up with him right away after practice Thursday, and you feel so bad for him,” New Jersey forward Marcus Johansson stated. “This is once-in-a-lifetime thing to play an NHL game in Sweden and having family and friends here. He was playing really well, too, and working hard all summer.
“It’s not a fun situation and he’s not happy right now, but he’s a young kid and he has a lot of hockey ahead of him so you don’t want to risk anything by coming back too soon.”
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- Oilers Place Ty Rattie On Injured Reserve
- Blue Jackets’ Seth Jones To Make Season Debut Against Arizona
- Devils’ Jesper Bratt Out 2-3 Weeks
- Flames’ Travis Hamonic Suffers Facial Fracture During Fight
- Panthers’ Derek MacKenzie Retiring at End of Season
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