By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Rangers traded right winger Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday morning. In exchange, the Rangers are receiving the Jets 2019 first-round draft pick.
In addition, they are receiving left winger Brendan Lemieux and a conditional draft pick. According to Pierre LeBrun, the conditional pick is a fourth-rounder if the Jets win the Stanley Cup. However, if they do not win the Stanley Cup, there will be no extra pick.
The Rangers have been dealing in February before the NHL Trade deadline on Monday. New York could make more moves before the deadline.
On Saturday, the team traded Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars for two draft picks.
On Feb. 18, the team traded Peter Holland to the Chicago Blackhawks for Darren Raddysh. The Rangers traded Marek Mazanec to the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 12. for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020.
The team also traded Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 6 for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020.
The 26-year-old Dorchester, Massachusetts native will be playing for his second team in his career. He spent five seasons with the Rangers.
Hayes made 51 appearances with the Rangers this season. He had 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points. He also had a 1 +/- and 10 PIM.
Nine of his goals were even strength, while three were on the power play. He also had two short-handed goals and a game-winning goal.
The 22-year-old Denver, Colorado native was the Buffalo Sabres second-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. This is Lemieux’s second trade in his career as he was dealt to the Jets in a Feb. 11, 2015 deal with Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, and the St. Louis Blues’ first-round draft pick in 2015 NHL Draft.
In exchange, the Sabres received Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, and Jason Kasdorf.
This season, Lemieux made 44 appearances. He had nine goals and two assists for 11 points. He also had 10 +/- and 64 PIM.
All of his goals were even-strength goals, including a game-winner.
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