Zach Hyman has spent the last six years with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After his performance this season he may have priced himself out of an extension. And according to Pierre LeBrun, there is a sizable gap between Hyman and the Leafs. This indicates that he will hit free agency come July 28th. His last contract carried a $2.25 million cap hit. His next contract should see at least double that if not more. Now with a new contract in Toronto unlikely here are three teams that should sign Zach Hyman.
Subject to change, of course, but all signs pointing to pending UFA Zach Hyman heading to market July 28. Sizeable gap in positions with Leafs at the moment. Which was the expectation given his market value and Leafs' cap situation.@TSNHockey @TheAthletic
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 14, 2021
We have been saying it time and time again. Get Connor McDavid some help. The Oilers have just over $11 million in cap space. This came after they bolstered their blueline with the acquisition of Duncan Keith. Now they need to go back to priority number one and find some help for McJesus.
Hyman is a physical winger and he can put up points. Exactly the type of player the Oilers could use. A potential line of Hyman-McDavid-Puljujarvi would be nice. Or just about any other combination of that top six would be great for Edmonton. Are they going to have to overpay for him? Yes. But at the end of the day if he puts up career highs playing with McDavid or Draisaitl I think it’s worth it.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit enters this offseason with only 10 guys under contract for next season (Cap Friendly). And no player currently under contract after the 2022-23 season With a projected $48 million in cap space, the Red Wings can approach this offseason in a wide variety of ways. They could just sit back and sign guys to a bunch of one and two-year deals to fill out the roster. Or they could throw some money around and get some pieces set in place to the core they already have.
Brining Hyman back to the state of Michigan would be great. Give him a reunion with his old pal Dylan Larkin. The two of them combined for over 100 points when the two of them played on the same line at the University of Michigan back in 2014-15.
The Sens hap themselves a good amount of cap space to make a splash this season if they wanted to. They have just over $28 million in cap space. After Brady Tkachuk and Drake Batherson get their extensions the Sens should still have a good amount left over to play around with.
This is a Sens team with a lot of young talent. Throwing a nice contract towards Zach Hyman makes a handful of sense. He has playoff experience and can help the younger guys in the locker room. He would also make a nice addition to the middle six forward group. Plus it would be nice to see Hyman torch the Leafs a couple of nights each season.
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