Hayes officially signed his seven-year, $50 million contract with the Flyers on Wednesday. Hayes -- whose rights were traded to Philadelphia from Winnipeg on June 3 -- was scheduled to hit free agency July 1, but instead inked a long-term deal with his new club. The addition of Hayes will bolster the center depth for the organization, especially with the forward coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which he set career highs in assists (36), points (55) and power-play points (11). Hayes will likely knock Nolan Patrick into a third-line role and could force the youngster off the power play.
Hayes is nearing agreement on a seven-year, $50 million contract with the Flyers on Tuesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Hayes was acquired by Philly from Winnipeg earlier in June and was slated to become a free agent July 1, so the head start in contract talks appears to have paid off for the Flyers. The 27-year-old split last season between the Rangers and Jets and recorded 55 points (19 goals and 36 assists) in 71 games.
Hayes was traded to the Flyers from the Jets in exchange for a fifth-round pick on Monday. This move is a bit surprising as Hayes is set to hit free agency July 1. However, the Flyers now have a bit of a head start in trying to sign him. Hayes posted a career-high 55 points in 71 games during the 2018-19 campaign and has scored at least 40 in four of his five NHL seasons. For now, no contract extension is imminent.
Hayes found the back of the net in Thursday's Game 5 loss to St. Louis. Hayes has two goals in five playoff contests while averaging just 11:15 of ice time. The center also put an impressive five shots on goal Thursday, giving him nine in his last three contests. The Massachusetts native has seen himself slip to a bottom-six role in favor of Bryan Little, which limits Hayes' chances of racking up points.
Hayes scored a goal on three shots in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 3. Hayes has found himself relegated to the fourth line with the return of Mathieu Perreault (undisclosed), but it appears to have helped his production a bit. He's got 13 points (six goals, seven helpers) in 23 games with the Jets after a deadline-day trade from the Rangers. His currently limited role makes him safe to avoid from a fantasy perspective, however.
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