The Toronto Maple Leafs now have two days to hammer out a deal with forward William Nylander http://www.officialredwings.com/auth...e-green-jersey , who will be ineligible to play in the 2018-19 season if he hasn't signed a contract by the deadline.According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Maple Leafs "will ring the bell on" their final offer to the 22-year-old. If Nylander rejects it, Toronto "either trades him or let鈥檚 the deadline pass," McKenzie added.Head coach Mike Babcock once again asserted confidence that the Maple Leafs will keep Nylander, and that he'll finish his career where it started.Mike Babcock: "We think Willy's going to be here and we think Willy's going to be here a long time. We think Willy's going to be a career Leaf." Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 29, 2018The Nylander saga has hockey insiders just as confused as hockey fans. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman raised eyebrows when he shared a prediction that 2018-19 will mark Nylander's final season with the Maple Leafs, and that they'll look to trade the star forward after this year.advertisingFriedman added that he believes Nylader and the Leafs are about $300,000 per season apart. But that's only complicated matters, per Friedman, who said both sides "think they鈥檝e significantly moved off their original positions." Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY SportsAt this point, it doesn't sound like a bridge deal is in order for the Leafs and Nylander. If he's going to sign a contract, it's going to have to be long-term, plain and simple.But it's not all that simple for the Maple Leafs, who have to extend Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Both players figure to get at least $12 million per season on their next deals Nick Jensen Jersey , and with John Tavares in the first year of a $77 million deal, the Leafs have to be careful with how they manage their cap situation.advertisingWhat This MeansNylander is simply trying to max out on a big-time extension while he's young, but the Leafs know that they have to be cautious with how much they pay guys not named Matthews or Marner.It's truly anybody's guess where this saga ends.聽It's either a聽 new contract, a trade or Nylander sitting out the rest of the season. There are two more days of anticipation left. When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Michael Hutchinson, it was for goaltending depth only. But the newly-acquired goaltender for the Maple Leafs made his third consecutive start in net on Monday night against the Nashville Predators. He lost 5-0, as his Maple Leaf teammates were overwhelmed by the Predators.In Hutchinson鈥檚 first start, he held his team in a game they eventually lost. In his second start, he whitewashed the Vancouver Canucks 5-0. In his third start, the sky fell in. That outing aside, his play in net has been strong enough that many have asked if he could be a threat to unseat Garret Sparks as the backup to starter Frederik Andersen.advertising via Sharp MagazineBefore Andersen鈥檚 injury, Sparks had done a good enough job in net as a backup. His record was 6-2-1, and that is certainly strong enough for a backup goalie. But Hutchinson has somehow generated excitement with the Maple Leaf fans in ways Sparks hasn鈥檛. Perhaps it鈥檚 because Hutchinson鈥檚 a home-town 鈥済uy,鈥?growing up in Barrie, ON. Thomas Vanek Jersey , only about an hour鈥檚 drive away. Sparks? From far away Elmhurst, IL. Such things matter to Maple Leaf fans.It鈥檚 probably fair to say that Hutchinson鈥檚 play in the Maple Leafs鈥?net has been a bit surprising. His body of work聽this year with the Florida Panthers really wasn鈥檛 strong. In four games, he recorded a 4.17 GAA and .839 save percentage. Sparks鈥?6-2-1 record, 3.00 GAA, and .905 save percentage over his 10 2018-19 starts is actually good given the wheeling-and-dealing nature of the Maple Leafs鈥?offense and the team's less-than-stellar defense.advertising via Arctic Ice HockeyComparing Sparks to Hutchinson in other areas doesn鈥檛 suggest much difference between the goalies. Prior to this season, Sparks beat out Curtis McElhinney聽to be聽Andersen's backup. However, McElhinney is 35-years-old and Sparks, by comparison, is only 25. Hutchinson, at 28-years-old, isn鈥檛 that much聽older.Salary-wise, Hutchinson鈥檚 base is $1.3 million this season, and he will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Sparks鈥?salary is only $700,000 Womens Adam Larsson Jersey , and he will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the campaign.advertisingExperience-wise, Hutchinson聽has the聽edge. He has played 108 games (starting 92). Sparks has played only 27 games (starting 26). Hutchinson also was 鈥淭he Man鈥?during the 2014-15 with the Winnipeg Jets, and was successful in that role.聽His record that season was 21-10-5 in 36 starts, with a .914 save percentage and 2.38 GAA.Where Hutchinson stands with the Maple Leafs is still in question; however, his play in net so far, at least, sets him up for more work in the future somewhere, if not in Toronto.Where does that leave the Maple Leafs鈥?backup situation? The answer is probably right where it was before Hutchinson was parachuted into the nets for the three games he has played. Hutchinson gets the start against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, and perhaps his play聽in that game will provide more insight about where he stands in competition with Sparks for the backup role.advertisingBut, we're thinking nothing will change. Andersen will remain the starter, and Sparks will remain the backup to Andersen when he returns from his concussion protocol.