Quick Strikes: Wealthy Swede finally agrees with boss over pay raise amount

Getting in on that William Nylander SEO!

The Headline

Last night I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices in Toronto suddenly cried out in joy, and were silenced — by contentment that they’d paid their fourth-best forward a pretty good deal. All teasing aside (because we know how it feels to go through a —mageddon), Pension Plan Puppets gave this issue great coverage yesterday.

When will William Nylander play his first game? [Pension Plan Puppets]

As of now, the Leafs have 24 men on the roster with Nylander signed. He will technically be considered non-roster until he clears the medical*, but someone in the list of 23 other names will have to be cut. If there was an injury and a player could go on injured reserve, that would solve the problem temporarily, but the most likely thing is that one of the depth players will be waived and sent to the AHL. This might not happen for a couple of days, or the Leafs could choose to do it tomorrow.

Cut that John Tavares scrub, Leafs! ...Please?

Nylander agrees to terms on six-year contract with Maple Leafs [NHL.com]

’In the end, we found a way,” Dubas said. “… We have a cap situation this year which affords us the ability to structure it the way that we did and be able to compromise with William on what they wanted and also for us in the out years being a number as we planned with our team for us to become a consistent team that gets in the hunt and is contending year in and year out. That we could certainly fit that in and have him be a part of this for a long time, especially with the others on the horizon. That’s the way we approached it and we didn’t really stray from that.’

The Bolts

There was a game last night! Aside from the recap, there wasn’t much else going on, since all the writers in the league turned their combined gazes on Toronto.

The Lightning deserved to win tonight. They outplayed Florida comfortably. Domingue struggled again and put the team in an early hole that they didn’t deserve. But also again, the skaters kept the faith and forced their way back into the game by outscoring their problems. To Domingue’s credit, he was good in the second half of the game holding down the fort while the Lightning attacked offensively and pushed the pace to get back in the game.

Honestly, pickings were slim. Please read RawCharge.com for your latest vaguely obsessive hockey article needs, and here are the few articles I found.

NHL All-Star Game fan vote now open [NHL.com]

The 2019 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ presented by adidas, which allows fans to determine the four captains for the 2019 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, now is open online at NHL.com/Vote and via the NHL® App.

NHL Power Rankings This Week: No One Will Stop Lightning [The Sportster]

So it was the Lightning who managed to snap the Buffalo Sabres’ 10-game winning streak. That was enough to propel them to No. 1 this week. Shout out to backup Louis Domingue for filling in nicely while Andrei Vasilevskiy recovers from a broken foot.

NHL Stanley Cup and Conference Futures: Lightning at the Top [Scout.com]

All playoff teams may think they have a shot at winning the Stanley Cup, but only 9 really do with at least a two percent chance. At #2, the Capitals have a 15 percent chance of winning the Stanley Cup, which is 10 percentage points behind the Lightning. At the bottom of the contenders list, 1.6 percentage points separate the Wild from the Bruins.

The Prospects

Syracuse Crunch extends points streak with win in Cleveland [Syracuse.com]

Cameron Gaunce paced the team with three assists, while Dennis Yan put up a two-goal performance. The win advances the Crunch to 12-5-2-0 on the season and 1-0-1-0 in the four-game series against the Monsters.

Recap: Monsters Fall to Crunch in Regulation [Jackets Cannon]

After the Crunch’s fourth goal of the night, the Monsters started to get a little sloppy and frantic. They needed to tighten things up quickly or else the game was going to get away from them. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. As time wound down on the second, the game began to get away from the Monsters.

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