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Maple Leafs' Nylander seeking long-term contract over bridge deal

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William Nylander is looking to get some security with his next contract.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward is a restricted free agent and wants a long-term contract as opposed to a bridge deal.

"Of course I want long term, that's what I want to do," Nylander said, according to theScore's John Matisz.

Nylander is the first of the Maple Leafs' three young stars to finish their rookie contracts. Both Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have one more year left on their entry-level deals, but are eligible to sign extensions at any time.

The 22-year-old is coming off his second full season in the NHL. He's remained consistent in those two years, posting identical 61-point seasons.

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