Earlier on Friday, rumours emerged that the Toronto Maple Leafs had offered forward Zach Hyman a contract extension worth $5 million and that the pending free agent had turned it down. When meeting with media members after the devastating first-round series playoff elimination at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, Hyman didn’t want to talk about his future : he was still digesting the loss. He did state that he would “of course” like to stay with the Leafs “if something made sense,” but reiterated he hasn’t thought about his contractual status much this season, especially in the playoffs.
Hyman has just ended the the final year of a four-year, $9 million contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 28.
His agent Todd Reynolds saw the latest rumour pop up and addressed it later on Friday, denying that the annual value was of $5 million. We however do not know what the salary is then, and if Hyman turned any offer down.
Hyman has been a key piece to Toronto’s top-six forward core in the past few seasons and is set to receive a pay raise. In 43 games with the Leafs this season, Hyman collected15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points.
What is his value now?