Zach Hyman is ready to move to Western Canada.
According to Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest, the Edmonton Oilers are working to execute a sign-and-trade agreement with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hyman will become an unrestricted free agent next week after completing a four-year, $ 9 million contract with the Maple Leafs. The 29-year-old has spent his entire career in Toronto, scoring 185 points (86 goals, 99 assists) in 345 games.
While the Maple Leafs would have liked to keep Hyman, they don’t have the space limit to do so. According to CapFriendly, the team is projected to have just over $ 9.3 million in cap space this offseason to re-sign Frederik Andersen, Nick Foligno, Riley Nash, Alex Galchenyuk and Ben Hutton, among others.
Toronto’s salary cap struggles can be attributed to the contracts of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and John Tavares, who each earn at least $ 10.9 million per season. The Maple Leafs are the only team in the NHL with three players making at least $ 10 million per season, according to Spotrac.
In Edmonton, Hyman will join an offense that includes Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. He will be tasked with helping the Oilers reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
The Oilers also recently added defender Duncan Keith in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.