Flyers Trade for Kevin Hayes
While game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final was going on, Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher was more worried about trying to improve his team than the results of the game. The Flyers acquired the rights to center Kevin Hayes from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 5th round pick in this years draft.
Kevin Hayes was acquired by the Jets at the trade deadline this past season as they were making a push towards a Stanley Cup run. The Jets would lose in 6 games to the eventual Western Conference Champion St. Louis Blues.
Prior to the trade Hayes had spent the first 5 years of his career with the New York Rangers playing under new Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault. His best season was in 16-17 as he tallied 17 G and 32 A for 49 points.
This trade gives the Flyers until the 1st of July to sign Kevin Hayes before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. If they can manage to use this head start and get him signed then this trade will be a great one. As they would have only gave up a 5th round pick for a guy with a lot of offensive upside. Hopefully, Fletcher can get a deal done sooner rather than later and Kevin Hayes will be rocking the Orange and Black come October.