Frozen Fantasy: Done as a Leaf
Frozen Fantasy: Done as a Leaf

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It's hard to avoid the whole William Nylander situation living as close as I do to the Big Smoke. I just assumed he'd be signed before the season started.

Wrong. And wrong again when he was still out at the end of October.

I even scooped him up in a preseason draft thinking he was a steal in such a low round. He's been mired on my IR ever since.

Those other owners obviously knew something I didn't.

I understand why Nylander has dug into his position. The first contract is now the big contract in today's youth-driven NHL.

He sees Leon Draisaitl's $8.5 million AAV contract and knows his talent is just as good – and perhaps better.

Thanks, Peter Chiarelli. Not only is your trading record gruesome, but your cap management is too.

I know why Kyle Dubas has also dug in. He's playing the Stevie Y card (and the Red Wings card before that). There's a slot where you fit. You need to take less and put the team first, while still earning some pretty sweet coin.

But William Nylander is not Pavel Datsyuk. Or Henrik Zetterberg. Or even Nikita Kucherov. And I'm not comparing talent.

Holdouts this long are rare. Here's an interesting analysis of some recent late RFA signings. It's a good read.

Nylander has to sign by Dec. 1 or he can't play in the NHL this year. At least one-third of the other teams have inquired about him in

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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