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PIERRE LEBRUN CONFIRMS ZACH HYMAN'S OPEN-MARKET VALUE, WHICH COULD PRICE HIM OUT OF TORONTO

APR 21, 2021  (16H29)      MIKE ARMENTI
It's no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs are facing a potentially problematic scenario when it comes to pending UFA Zach Hyman, who is coming off of a 4-year, $9M deal ($2.25M AAV) and is certainly due a raise on his next deal. Just how much of a raise is up for debate, but according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, the starting point could be almost double his current salary.

LeBrun, who appeared on TSN1050's Leafs Lunch on Wednesday, has done some field research on Hyman, reaching out to several front office executives and a player agent who has no skin in the game to get a sense of what Hyman could fetch on the open market, should he make it that far. The figure he came up with is likely not something that Leafs fans will be excited about, given the club's current cap limitations.

Per LeBrun's contacts, Hyman could fetch anywhere between $4.5M to over $5.5M on the open market, which, if you consider the fact that the Leafs have a lot of expiring contracts and not a lot of cap space to fill the roster spots for next season, could be quite the issue if Kyle Dubas wants to bring Hyman back.

LeBrun also stated that the term ranged anywhere from 4 and 5-year deals to a possible 6-year term, which also may be more than the Leafs are willing to commit to, given the commitments they already have to John Tavares, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, Auston Matthews, T.J. Brodie and Jake Muzzin.

Another potential wrench in the gears is that, according to LeBrun, Hyman's agent (Todd Reynolds) may look to use Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher's contract as a comparison. Gallagher signed a 6-year, $39M deal with the Habs on October 14, 2020 (a $6.5M AAV, thanks, CapFriendly). Another familiar name mentioned from Montreal was Josh Anderson, who signed a 7-year, $38.5M deal (a $5.5M AAV).

LeBrun cautioned that a lot can change between now and free agency, but all signs point toward Hyman's new deal at or above the $4.5M range if Toronto wants to retain him past this season. Even at a hometown discount, it seems unlikely that Hyman, who is an absolute horse for the Leafs, will take much more of a haircut on his next deal, as he is fast-approaching 30 years of age.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
52283967
MITCH MARNER
54204767
PATRICK KANE
+2
55155166
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
50402565
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
ALEX DEBRINCAT
+2
51312354
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 9, 2021 G A PTS
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
1 2 3
MATTHEW TKACHUK
1 2 3
ALEX DEBRINCAT
2 - 2
MARK GIORDANO
1 1 2
BRANDON HAGEL
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
- 2 2
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 - 1
DILLON DUBE
1 - 1
MACKENZIE ENTWISTLE
1 - 1
DENIS GURIANOV
1 - 1
  COMPLETE RESULTS