The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to spend the cash as they’ve re-signed restricted free agent, Zach Hyman, to a 4 year deal with an average of $2.25 million.
This is an affordable contract for a very industrious, useful role player that is one of coach Mike Babcock’s favourites.
Hyman led the Leaf forwards in shorthanded ice-time and tied for the league lead with 4 shorthanded goals. He is a valuable support guy on a team full of young stars.
Often criticized for being on the Leafs top line, Hyman certainly didn’t hinder the performance of Auston Matthews who scored 40 goals still. He was in fact an important cog on that line doing much of the dirty work.
Whether he remains in that spot remains to be seen, but Hyman, being a righthanded shooting left winger, gives Toronto plenty of versatility and someone who isn’t going to hurt you no matter where he’s line up.
In fact coach Babcock didn’t hesitate at all putting the Matthews line matched up against any other line due to not only Matthews being a superb two-way player, but also because Hyman is such a safety valve for that line.
The signing leaves Connor Brown as the only remaining RFA left and all signs point to a contract coming his way soon.
With those two retuning, plus the additions of Dominic Moore and Patrick Marleau, there is quite a logjam up front. If everything remains as is, there’s certainly going to be some stiff competition in Toronto.
Quite exciting times for a Leafs fan.