By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Flyers made a trade on Monday night. In the deal with the Winnipeg Jets, the Flyers acquired forward Kevin Hayes’ rights.
In exchange for Hayes, the Jets received a fifth-round draft pick in the 2019 Entry Draft.
“By gaining the rights to Kevin at this time, it provides us with an opportunity to negotiate with him prior to July 1 when he is due to become an unrestricted free agent,” Flyers Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher said.
The Flyers hope to strike a deal with Hayes before he is able to reach free agency.
He spent last season with the New York Rangers and the Jets. He was acquired by Winnipeg at the trade deadline.
Hayes previously played for new Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault from 2014-2018.
The 27-year-old Dorchester, Massachusetts native was traded on Feb. 25, 2019. He was traded to Winnipeg for Brendan Lemieux, Winnipeg’s 1st round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, and a fourth-round conditional pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
With the Jets, he had five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 20. He also had a -3 in +/- and 5 PIM.
In four-plus years with the Rangers, he had 87 goals and 129 assists for 216 points in 361 games. He also had a 31 +/- and 98 PIM.