Frozen Fantasy: Seismic Shift
Frozen Fantasy: Seismic Shift

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

Saturday rivaled July 1 here in Toronto. Radio, TV and Twitter were all littered with discussion of you-know-who. It even had a name.

Nylander Day.

Yes, it's a Leaf-mad city. There were hours of conversation in the days leading up – and all day long Saturday. And there's been hours of analysis since.

Some say great deal. Others say the Leafs made a grave error.

I'm just glad it's over. Nylander's cap hit will be $6.95 million, but he'll take home $17 million by July 1.

Yes, you read that right.

The contract games the system. Other GMs will be miffed. There are annual signing bonuses built in to protect against a lockout. And most of the deal is paid out in the first two seasons.

Fantasy owners who play salary cap games might as well jettison the guy now. $17 mil? Yikes.

Those happy with the deal say Leafs' GM Kyle Dubas kept his cool, was uber-professional and got what he wanted – flexibility to ink Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews at appropriate scale.

Those peeved say Nylander is grossly overpaid. He gets more than Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak, Mark Scheifele and Johnny Gaudreau.

Nylander was the 66th leading scorer in the NHL last season, so he sure has a lot to live up to. I'm just happy to get him back in my lineup in two separate leagues.

I hope he picks up just like Auston Matthews did when he returned from injury. And I

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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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