Less than 24 hours removed from their scheduled arbitration hearing, Ilya Mikheyev and the Leafs agreed to an extension.
🖋️🥣 Soup’s back on the menu for two more years!
Ilya Mikheyev has signed a two-year contract extension. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 20, 2020
His agent, Dan Milstein, first broke the news on Twitter with a photo of a young Mikheyev. According to Pierre LeBrun, he will be making around $1 million during the first season and $2 million in the second year of the deal.
The terms of the deal were reflective of the arbitration rules, given that players heading for a hearing usually get no more than two-year contracts. It’s at a cap hit they are happy with and, most importantly, he will be exempt from the Seattle Kraken expansion draft next year.
While Mikheyev was limited to only 39 games last season, he was very productive until a wrist injury prematurely ended his rookie campaign. He recorded eight goals, 15 assists, and 23 points while going scoreless in five playoff games against the Blue Jackets.
Ilya Mikheyev has only played 39 games so the degree of uncertainty with his projection is large, but he played very well in that time and should live up to his deal. pic.twitter.com/1iL7drzRLp
— dom luszczyszyn (@domluszczyszyn) October 20, 2020
With Mikheyev’s contract taken care of, the focus now shifts to Travis Dermott who is the last notable Leaf without a new contract. The new influx of cap hit is going to result in a trade in the coming weeks (Justin Holl or Pierre Engvall perhaps?).
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