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William Nylander wants to be a Maple Leaf for the long haul

William Nylander wants to be a Maple Leaf for the long haul
Published On: Tue, Aug 07
Apr 4, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (39) looks to pass the puck against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

William Nylander keeps hearing about the staying power of the current Maple Leafs and wants to be part of that show.

After not publicly dismissing the idea of a short-term bridge contract earlier in the week, the restricted free agent and member of Torontoa€™s young guns forward group was more specific on Wednesday.

a€œOf course I want long-term,a€ the 22-year-old said at the Smashfest NHLPA ping-pong tournament.

A bridge deal would work in his favour if he had a monster 2018-19 season, but Nylander did repeat comments from Monday that he and his agent have been told a multi-year deal this summer will take some time and effort on the part of new Toronto GM Kyle Dubas. Input from Dubasa€™ assistant and salary-cap specialist Brandon Pridham will also be required.

This time next year, centre Auston Matthews and wingers Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen will be done their entry-level deals, though preliminary contract extension talks are already underway with Matthews.

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