The tough 29-year-old winger is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 28, and the Leafs should not be able to put him under their salary cap. According to a report by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Leafs have given permission for their agent to speak with other teams to see if Toronto could trade their rights before free will began.
Several reports indicate that the Canucks are one of the teams most interested in Hyman.
Kevin McGran du Toronto Star reports that the Canucks, along with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, are the “favorites” to sign Hyman. Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest in St. Louis also signaled interest from these three teams, as well as the Seattle Kraken. CHEK TV’s Rick Dhaliwal has confirmed that the Canucks have contacted representatives for Hyman.
St. Louis among those with a legitimate interest in potential free agent Zach Hyman… a lot of interest from a number of teams in Canada as well. Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary. I think Seattle could become a player as well. #stlblues #Cofred #Canucks #Oilers #Seakraken #Leafsforever
– Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 15, 2021
The Canucks have contacted Zach Hyman’s camp to express their interest in UFA.
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– Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) July 15, 2021
Hyman is the type of player any team, including the Canucks, would love to have. The 6-1 / 1, 211-pound forward has good speed and plays a physical style of play, and can play up and down the roster.
The question is, at what cost?
After a season in which he scored 33 points (15-18-33) in 43 games, Hyman is looking to earn $ 5 million per season on an eight-year contract to stay with the Leafs, according to McGran’s report. . That’s a steep price for a player who has been more of a complementary piece, albeit in a top six attacking role.
Hyman’s signing will be a challenge for the Canucks, who will have limited cap space after signing Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes in new contracts. The team must also find a third line cross and at least two top-four defenders, as Brandon Sutter, Alex Edler and Travis Hamonic are waiting for unrestricted free agents.
Managing Director Jim Benning is surely looking to get rid of his salary, although it is not an easy task. Benning has publicly stated that the team is ready to buy back players this offseason, so it’s an option. They could also offer a Seattle draft pick in exchange for Braden Holtby in the expansion draft next week.
Another option? Benning could make a major move involving a player with value he doesn’t want to lose. Canucks “open” to Brock Boeser’s trade, report says Athleticism, although the article written by Craig Custance and Dom Luszczyszyn indicates that the probability of a trade is “low”.