Brendan Shanahan jokes about William Nylander's jersey number promise

Brendan Shanahan and his son, Jack. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Brendan Shanahan and his son, Jack. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander made pretty much the only news in hockey on Monday morning — it was a really slow news day, sue us — by announcing that he’s changing his jersey number to 88 in advance of the 2019-20 season.

In his message announcing the switch from his old number 29, Nylander promised his fans in Leafs nation that he would cover the cost of getting any jersey with the old digits on them replaced with the brand new 88.

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It’s a nice gesture on Nylander’s part, and a thoughtful one to reward any fans who had already put down good money to buy a sweater.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan certainly agrees, as he responded to Nylander’s good will agreement with a collage of photos of his own son’s proud collection of number 29 jerseys in blue-and-white.

After a famously long and tense negotiating battle last season to get Nylander signed to a new contract when he was a restricted free agent, it looks like Shanahan is going to make sure to cash in on the jersey update promise to make sure he gets his money’s worth on the investment.

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