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Major confrontation occurs between Nylander and the Leafs' head coach

Published December 28, 2023 at 9:51
While the Toronto Maple Leafs solidify their position in the Atlantic Division's second place, Auston Matthews shines with exceptional goal-scoring prowess, potentially heading towards a career-first milestone of 70 goals. Nevertheless, amid this achievement, Swedish forward William Nylander, who is soon to become an unrestricted free agent, has encountered a decline in his performance.

Following a 4-1 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe made remarks implying worries about Nylander's impact, despite his three-point display in that particular game.

"Probably the biggest thing is that we are coming off a couple of losses here," Keefe said. "Despite the fact that Matthews has been scoring consistently, I don't know if I would say Willy has been a huge contributor to those goals. I believe that Auston could still continue to be Auston and work well no matter who we have him with."

Attention now turns towards Nylander's forthcoming contract discussions, raising the critical query of whether he can secure a contract extension that benefits the team while ensuring his continued presence in Toronto without imposing excessive financial strain. This evolving storyline injects fascination into the Leafs' pursuit of success within the league.

Source: Bruinsinsider
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Major confrontation occurs between Nylander and the Leafs' head coach

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