Dreger on potential money gap between Nylander and Leafs

Restricted free agent William Nylander remains without a contract, and there isn’t much time left for his camp and the Leafs to have a contract in place before camp opens.

Darren Dreger provided his latest information on this topic during a Wednesday afternoon Leafs Lunch segment on Toronto’s TSN 1050.

“I checked in on that file last night,” began Dreger. “More and more, it’s what we talked about last week. The reality is that he’s probably not going to be in camp. I think that something very significant is going to have to happen in that negotiation for that path to change.

“I think that the Maple Leafs look at comps for William Nylander’s extension somewhere around Sean Monahan, guys like that, maybe on the high end Pastrnak. I think they see him below Pastrnak. Maybe around Nik Ehlers, on the low side, at $6 million.

“But there are others, not Leaf-connected, but others around the league that think that his ask may have been around $8 million or higher; which, of course, isn’t going to happen.

“But this is a complicated one. And with all due respect to his father Michael - I think he’s a pretty hands-on dad as well, not that far removed from the National Hockey League.

“So I think, as I said, this is very complicated and you can put me in the category of those very surprised if they closed on a deal swiftly.”

Sean Monahan’s cap hit is $6.375 million on a deal that was signed in August of 2016.

David Pastrnak’s contract carries a cap hit of $6.666 million, and was inked in September of 2017.

Nik Ehler’s $6 million cap hit pact was agreed to in October of 2017.

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