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LEAFS DIG IN ON COST TO OFFER THE OILERS THE 8TH YEAR ON HYMAN DEAL, WILLING TO RECEIVE NOTHING

JUL 24, 2021  (11H43)      MIKE ARMENTI
On Friday, Todd Reynolds, the agent for pending UFA Leafs forward Zach Hyman, put the nail in the coffin on a potential return to Toronto when he announced that Hyman would not return to the Leafs next season and that a deal is in place with the Edmonton Oilers.

Oilers GM Ken Holland was entertaining two separate contracts for Hyman - an 8-year deal at $5M per season and a 7-year deal with a $5.5M AAV. The idea there was that the Leafs would be willing to enter into a sign-and-trade agreement with the Oilers to offer that 8th year in an attempt to lower Hyman's AAV by $500,000 per season over the term of the deal.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger on Saturday, the cost of that 8th year from the Leafs perspective was a higher price than the Oilers were willing to pay. Original rumours had the Leafs asking for as much as a 2nd round pick in exchange for locking up Hyman for that extra year for Ken Holland.

Obviously, it goes without saying that any savings in a flat cap situation have value. That said, when the cost for those savings becomes prohibitive, sometimes you just have to roll the dice and take the chance.

The Leafs appear to have dug in here, willing to accept nothing for Zach Hyman over a bringing back a diminished return for doing the Oilers a favor.

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