The Toronto Maple Leafs want to keep soon to be UFA Zach Hyman around, however it's continues to look less and less likely.
Earlier this week NHL insider Darren Dreger reported that the max the Leafs are willing to with Hyman is a $5million AAV, not enough for Hyman.
Now insider Pierre LeBrun has chimed in with his two cents.
Lebrun reports that Hyman is headed to free agency July 28 and there isn't much chance that he sticks around in Toronto.
The insider adds that Hyman's market value just isn't something the Leafs can match and would be too much of a hometown discount for Hyman to accept anything compared to what he'll get on the open market.
Subject to change, of course, but all signs pointing to pending UFA Zach Hyman heading to market July 28. Sizeable gap in positions with Leafs at the moment. Which was the expectation given his market value and Leafs' cap situation.@TSNHockey @TheAthletic
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 14, 2021