Forward Zach Hyman could not win a playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, so he’s going to try with the Edmonton Oilers.
Hyman, 29, has reportedly signed a seven-year, $38.5-million free agent contract with the Oilers, worth $5.5-million per season.
A Toronto product, Hyman spent the last six seasons with the Maple Leafs, collecting 185 points (86 goals, 99 assists) in 345 regular-season games. He added five goals and 13 points in 32 playoff games over the past five seasons.
Last season, Hyman had 15 goals and 33 points in 43 games. He added a goal in seven playoff games as the Leafs were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, blowing a 3-1 series lead in a seven-game loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs have not won a playoff series since 2004.
Hyman was originally a fifth-round selection — 123rd overall — of the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at the University of Michigan, scoring 22 goals and collecting 54 points in 37 games during his senior year.
Hyman did not sign with the Panthers and his rights were traded to the Maple Leafs in 2015. He completed a four-year, $9-million contract with the Maple Leafs worth $2.25-million per season.
BARRIE RE-SIGNS WITH OILERS
The Oilers had to pivot when they lost Adam Larsson to the Seattle Kraken and have reportedly circled back to Tyson Barrie.
Barrie, 30, has reportedly signed a three-year, $13.5-million contract worth $4.5 million per season.
A Victoria, B.C., product, Barrie had eight goals and 48 points with the Oilers last season, leading all defencemen in scoring.
Prior to signing with the Oilers last season, Barrie played one season with the Maple Leafs and eight seasons in the Colorado Avalanche organization. He was selected in the third round – 64 overall – of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Avalanche.
OILERS TRADE BEAR
With Barrie signed, the Oilers have reportedly traded defenceman Ethan Bear to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for left-winger Warren Foegele.
Foegele, 25, had 10 goals and 20 points in 53 games for the Hurricanes last season. He was selected by Carolina in the third round — 67th overall — of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Bear, 24, had two goals and eight points in 43 games for the Oilers last season. The Regina, Sask., product was selected in the fifth round — 124th overall — of the 2015 NHL Draft.
NEAL BOUGHT OUT
Forward James Neal has cleared waivers and has officially been bought out by the Oilers.
Neal, 33, had five goals and 10 points in 29 games for the Oilers last season. He was acquired from the Calgary Flames in a trade for Milan Lucic in July, 2019.
Neal had two years remaining on a five-year, $28.75-million contract worth $5.75 million per season, originally signed with the Flames.
By buying out Neal, the Oilers created $3.84 million of cap space on their roster. The Oilers will be paying Neal roughly $1.917 million for the next four seasons, which will count against their cap.
OILERS SIGN CODY CECI
The Oilers have reportedly signed right-shot defenceman Cody Ceci to a four-year, $13-million contract, worth $3.25 million per season.
Ceci, 27, had four goals and 17 points in 53 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He added two assists in six playoff games.
Selected by the Ottawa Senators in the first round — 15th overall — of the 2012 NHL Draft, Ceci spent six years with the Senators before moving on to play a season with the Maple Leafs.
Ceci had seven goals and 26 points in his final year with the Senators in the 2018-19 season.
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