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Zach Hyman in Edmonton, Oilers discuss possible signing-and-trade deal with Leafs – NHL insiders – .


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In what has already been a deeply troubling day for Edmonton Oilers fans comes a wave of news of a connection between the Edmonton Oilers and the future unrestricted free agent Zack Hyman.

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Jason Gregor (TSN1260) tweeted:

  • Hear the Oilers meet pending UFA Zack Hyman today in Edmonton.
    Recall. Toronto granted them permission to speak. So I guess some sort of compensation (draft pick) would go to EDM [sic] if they accept a deal.

Chris Johnston de (Sportsnet) monitoring:

  • With Zach Hyman in Edmonton visiting the #oils today like @JasonGregor reported, there remains one possibility of a signature and exchange scenario with the #sheets this could earn him a term of up to eight years.

@NHL_Watcher tweeted:

  • [Darren] Dreger on TSN Hyman says, “We know there is communication with the Edmonton Oilers. What will this agreement look like? There are some who believe that it could grow to over 6, 7 years, maybe north of $ 40 million Believe it or not. “

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It’s a slogan as good as any other: “believe it or not”. Hyman, 29, is a right-handed left winger who has had several great seasons in Toronto since entering the Leafs’ brilliant rookie crop in 2016-17. This group included his frequent teammates Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews.

Hyman’s player page at hockeydb.com shows he’s a consistent producer with four consecutive seasons in the 15-21 and 33-41 goal range, with a double-digit plus in each campaign.

In 2021, he set career records of 0.77 points per game and 2.14 points per 60 minutes at 5v5, a pace of 63 points. A player of all situations, Hyman averaged 19:22 per game, including considerable time on both special teams. He only played 43 games, however, running out of time with a knee injury for the second consecutive season.

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Hyman has proven to be an excellent complementary player to qualified teammates and would close an important hole in Edmonton’s top six, most likely on Connor McDavidthe flank. But to fill it for six, seven, even eight years as the quoted tweets suggest? It would be a major bet to say the least, the one the Oilers made (and lost) before with power forwards in their early 30s.

UPDATE 8 p.m .: Elliotte Freidman sur Sportsnet Central: “On Thursday, the frost ends at 1 p.m. EST. I think you could potentially see a deal with Zack Hyman in Edmonton, and we’ll see if Toronto makes a trade with them so Hyman can get the eighth year and Toronto can make a draft pick. The Maple Leafs are a bit lacking in draft picks.

Not only are the Leafs lacking in draft picks. The Buds only have three caps in each of the next two years, but the Oilers aren’t exactly at the same level as five each year. At first glance, the compensation for an early negotiating window with Hyman could be one of two sixth-rounders Edmonton has on Saturday, either theirs at # 180 or the Pittsburgh Penguins at # 186 (acquired for the rights of John Marino).

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I can’t lie, the prospect of an eighth year for Zack Hyman – who will be 36 in 2028-2029 – leaves me cold. The same is true of the loss of ever smaller drawing capital for the privilege. Presumably, the goal of a very long term would be to lower the annual mean value, as has been done with Ryan Nugent Hopkins recently.

Should Hyman come to an extended deal as planned, he and RNH would plan to fill the top six spots on the left side for the foreseeable future. What an opportunity this leaves for newcomers to port like Dylan Holloway, Raphael Lavoie and Tyler Benson is an open question.

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