Hyman is set to become an unrestricted free agent next week after completing a four-year, $ 9 million deal 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 Maple Leafs would have liked to keep Hyman, they don’t have the hood space to do it. According to CapFriendly, the team is expected to have a little more than $ 9.3 million in space this season to sign Frederik Andersen, Nick Foligno, Riley Nash, Alex Galchenyuk and Ben Hutton, among others.
Lots in the Toronto capital 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 earning 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 campaign.
The Oilers have also recently added defender Duncan Keith in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.