Oilers choose a higher cap hit over giving up an asset in a sign and trade for Hyman

Ken Holland gives master classes on bad decisions so we shouldn’t be too surprised about his decision today to choose to pay Zach Hyman more over a 7 year term instead of making a deal with the Leafs for a sign and trade today.

Looking like the Oilers are going to wait and sign Zach as a free agent on Wednesday which means a maximum 7 year term. Toronto placed a higher value on the cap savings Edmonton would gain with the 8th year in a sign and trade, than the Oil are willing to pay in a draft pick.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 24, 2021

The Oilers are likely looking at about a $500k per year higher cap hit as a result of their refusal to budget off their instance of only paying a 6th round pick to get Hyman.
Earlier this offseason the Rangers acquired Barclay Goodrow’s negotiating rights early from Tampa and then signed him, but there are two major differences here.
The first is that Zach Hyman is a better player, the second is that a sign and trade also involves the Oilers acquiring an asset from the Leafs in the form of the 8th year that lowers …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Yuta Watanabe deserves a proper NBA contract

Raptors: Yuta Watanabe deserves a proper NBA contract

By all rights, Yuta Watanabe shouldn’t have even sniffed the Toronto Raptors rotation at the beginning of the year, as he is currently signed to a two-way contract that allows him to be sent down to Raptors 905, Toronto’s G League affiliate. However, after Nick Nurse got desperate amid a 2-8 slide, Watanabe ended up […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Embracing the ambiguity in hockey analysis

Person 1: “Cody Ceci is bad. He shouldn’t even be in the NHL.”
Person 2: “I don’t know. I mean, maybe you’re right. He has been on some really poor Sens teams though.”
Person 1: “Nope, he’s terrible. The numbers say he’s always been getting crushed in shot-attempt share, and he’s 26 now. He is what he is, a sub-replacement-level.”
Person 2: “It’ll be interesting to see if he can turn it around in a different role in Toronto. He’s not a bad skater and offensive skills seem okay. They must see something in him.”
Person 1: “Yeah, no.”
I’ll admit I’m being a bit of an ass in my portrayal of a hockey argument here, but this is more or less the type of conversation that happens almost-daily on social channels and it obviously isn’t limited to the NHL. But hockey is what we’re going to focus on, because this is a hockey site.
People pay lip service to the idea that there is no real “analytics vs eye test” war still ongoing, and that’s probably mostly true. But I do think it’s taken on a different form, and one thing …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Rasmus Sandin is exactly what the Leafs need now, even if he doesn’t stick all season

With the obvious caveat that we shouldn’t read too much into preseason game results, this training camp for the Leafs has been interesting in a few ways. Toronto had significant roster turnover in the summer, and with these new faces like Spezza, Barrie, Kerfoot, and Ceci, there was a lot to take in about how the lineup would fit together.
It’s always fun to look at a team on paper and make predictions, but usually in the early-going of camp and preseason I find myself second-guessing everything when it looks like all the teams are the same. Now that things have settled out and the Leafs’ real lineup has taken shape, they look proper good from top to bottom, and a big part of that has been the quick emergence of Rasmus Sandin and a step-up in play from Marty Marincin. The two have been pretty clear winners for the 5-6 spots on Toronto’s blue-line, and their style of play is showing to be exactly what the Leafs need in those roles right now.
There’s almost surely a tall ceiling for Sandin to hit, probably sooner than later, but for now it’s tough to argue …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation