Hayes has one goal and no assists with a minus-4 rating in six games to begin his tenure with the Flyers. Things just aren't clicking for the Flyers' top line, which includes the newcomer Hayes. The entire offense has struggled lately, too. Since scoring four goals in each of the first two games of the season, the Flyers have only averaged 1.75 goals in the last four contests. It's too early to consider Hayes a disappointment, but it now appears it's going to take some time for him and his linemates to gel.
Hayes scored a power-play goal Wednesday and registered three shots with four PIM in a 4-0 triumph over New Jersey. It was the first goal in a Philadelphia uniform for Hayes, who signed a seven-year, $50 million contract with the Flyers in July. That substantial deal indicates big things are expected from Hayes, who hit the 20-goal plateau just once in his first five NHL seasons. He's getting a chance on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, so he just might provide a good bit of return on investment in 2019-20.
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.
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