Hyman to get monster 7-year contract offer on market!

Three Canadian teams in the running!

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We are clearly getting the sense that forward Zach Hyman will be moving on from the Toronto Maple Leafs this offseason. As it was previously reported by insider Pierre LeBrun this week, there’s a “sizeable gap” between the two parties in negotiations and that Hyman will likely hit the open market as a free agent later this month.

Developments on the situation are coming strong every single day, and on Friday it was Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman’s turn to talk about Hyman and his value on the free-agent market during the 31 Thoughts podcast. As they were discussing the contenders in the Hyman sweepstakes, which are believed to be the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers at the moment, there is a sense that Hyman could get a six-year deal with an annual salary of $6 million later this month. This prompted Friedman to reveal that there might even be a seven-year, $6 AAV contract offered to Hyman! 

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. Everyone expects him to get a salary raise, one that the Maple Leafs simply cannot afford. Especially if talks of that seven-year monster offer are true.

We all saw how Hyman has been a key piece to Toronto’s top-six forward core in the past few seasons, able to keep up and get Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner going on the ice. There was hope that a deal could get done when the Oilers managed to re-sign Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to an eight-year, $41 million contract last month, though Hyman is still looking for a steep raise. Friedman mentioned that the Leafs attempted to bridge the gap, but it was too far from what Hyman is looking to get. 

We wonder how RNH would feel if the Oilers are the one offer the 7-year deal in Edmonton… 

Let’s see if Hyman gets the deal on the table later this month…