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Mike Babcock alludes to Nylander

The deadline to sign William Nylander is quickly approaching. If he hasn’t inked a deal by Dec. 1, he can’t play in the NHL this season.

When asked how he feels about how the season has gone at the quarter point, Mike Babcock said he was ecstatic. The Leafs are 15-7-0 and sit towards the top of the NHL standings. It’s going to be a dogfight in the Atlantic Division with the Cup-contending Lightning and the suddenly-good Sabres, so the Leafs needed a hot start to the season. There really isn’t much margin for error here to ensure home ice advantage in the playoffs.

The most important part of this quote, though, is this…

We have significant pieces not here and they will be here.

Obviously, part of that alludes to Auston Matthews who has missed a chunk of the season due to injury. But notice how he says “pieces.” That obviously alludes to Nylander. Babcock isn’t the general manager of the team, but he certainly knows what’s going on upstairs. If he’s confident Nylander is going to be with the team this season, there’s reason to believe him.

The clock is ticking, but this is some of the first good news we’ve had in a while.

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  • Matmarwill

    Certainly, with Matthews AND Nylander back, this team is a real threat to win the cup. The d has firmed up, and the goaltending is rock solid. The forwards are great. Tavares helps make this team a serious contender even with auston and Willie on the sidelines. Hope Babs implies the truth.