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Leafs Won’t Do A Sign And Trade With Zach Hymen

from Kristen Shilton of TSN,

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Hyman is set to sign a long-term deal with the Edmonton Oilers when free agency officially begins next week. Dubas had subsequently been engaged with Oilers’ GM Ken Holland on a sign-and-trade that would have allowed Hyman to ink a max-term eight-year deal with Edmonton.

But Dreger reported on Saturday those talks proved fruitless. Dubas and the Leafs placed a high value on the cap savings that eighth year would bring Edmonton, and the Oilers weren’t willing to meet their expectations.

“We know what the value is of the eighth year with the cap savings and so if there's a fair deal to be made to do that, we'll do that,” Dubas told reporters on a Zoom call Saturday, following the conclusion of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. “But we've been in that situation before [too], and the other GMs aren't helping you out there; they’re pulling the pin from the grenade and they're throwing it to you. I know there's a narrative that we should just get something but you're saving a team significant dollars on the salary cap and that comes with the cost, and we're not going to bend on [what we think is fair].”

Hyman, 29, has played the entirety of his career to date in Toronto, amassing 85 goals and 185 points in 345 career games. Dreger reiterated on Saturday that the deal in place for Hyman now with Edmonton will be for seven years and is likely to carry an average annual value of $5.5 million.

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Dubas sounds a little desperate.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/25/21 at 02:46 PM ET


At best, EDM would get 0.6875 M of cap relief per year, or 4.8 through 7 years, if Hyman signs 38.5/8 instead 38.5/7. The important interval is the next 2-3 years. So, what’s the value of a rookie contract space for 3 years? 5th?

Posted by Davor on 07/25/21 at 04:10 PM ET

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Posted by Davor on 07/25/21 at 04:10 PM ET

That assumes the Hymen’s camp tacks on another year for nothing, that’s not happening. To your point, the cap savings is a lot less.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/25/21 at 10:26 PM ET

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He’s not even likely to be in the league or in any way effective by then. You wonder about the ask but if this is a 3rd vs. a 5th situation, Dubas is blowing it. That’s to say nothing of EDM’s future buyout pain. EDM also isn’t in their division, much less their conference. Bad business. Say yes to 8 years and take what you can get. Let Holland F them up worse with an extra year. I truly don’t get this.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/26/21 at 02:16 AM ET

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Like another team wants to compound the mistake of giving this guy term and you’re standing in the way? Just nonsense.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/26/21 at 02:24 AM ET


If it is lowering their cap hit… I thought this was an interesting take from Dubas.  There is a strong possibility, that you could one day forsee a Edmonton - Toronto final… so I like that Dubas is considering all this.  (Not saying it’s right) but the fact he is looking at things in this way in addition to the traditional, Im losing him for nothing at least I can get something…but its clear Dubas thinks about everything.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 07/26/21 at 01:35 PM ET


That assumes the Hymen’s camp tacks on another year for nothing, that’s not happening. To your point, the cap savings is a lot less.

I said “At best”. Realistically, I would expect 40/8, for .5M/y reduction for 7 years and $5M added in 8th.

Posted by Davor on 07/26/21 at 02:36 PM ET

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