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Leafs’ William Nylander On Contract Talks: “I Have to take care of Myself”

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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.”

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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