Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman is about to become an unrestricted free agent. It appears that the cap-heavy Leafs are going to let him walk. Might Hyman travel west on the 401 and join the Detroit Red Wings?
The Red Wings certainly seem set on trying to make that happen. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is one NHL insider touting a Hyman to the Red Wings possibility, while also admitting that many NHL teams will be suitors for Hyman. He’s an excellent 200-foot player, can skate in any role and is difficult to play against. What NHL contender wouldn’t covet such a player?
Where the Wings might have an edge, though is that Hyman and Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin are buddies going back to their college days at Michigan. Will their relationship give the Wings a better chance to land Hyman? Well, it certainly won’t hurt.
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