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RedLeaf:
My severe doubts about the plan to rid ourselves of Hyman has already  started to rear it’s ugly head. Not only do the Oilers look much better with his presence and drive on their team , ours has looked worse without.  :-X :'(

Nik:

I watched some of the Oilers game last night and I agree that Edmonton looks a lot better. They look like they have the depth they need and secondary scoring to boot. That said, it was against Phoenix so...?

And the "plan" to rid ourselves of Hyman was just the reality of the salary cap.

Heroic Shrimp:
What a stupid plan to not exceed the salary cap.

RedLeaf:
Well. No matter how you phrase it, a ‘plan’ was made to allocate funds in the places best determined for success . So the plan may not have directly been laid out to rid the team of Hyman, there certainly was a plan that resulted in that outcome.

Nik:

--- Quote from: RedLeaf on October 22, 2021, 09:32:43 AM ---Well. No matter how you phrase it, a ‘plan’ was made to allocate funds in the places best determined for success . So the plan may not have directly been laid out to rid the team of Hyman, there certainly was a plan that resulted in that outcome.

--- End quote ---

Sure but within that context just saying the Leafs are worse without Hyman is largely meaningless because, obviously, when cap constraints force a team to lose a good player, they'll get worse. You need to make the case that the team would be better with Hyman but without the players they would need to lose to make up the cap difference for. But even then, you also have to make the case that signing Hyman at the cap hit the Oilers gave him wasn't just a net positive but that signing him to 7 years at that price would be a wise decision.

We all liked Zach and would have loved to have kept him around but I don't think you can argue with the point that he just priced himself out of Toronto.

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