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Hayes signs one-year contract with Panthers

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 11:56 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Hayes signs one-year contract with Panthers
The Florida Panthers have signed Jimmy Hayes to a one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration, the team announced Tuesday.

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Tuesday.

Jimmy Hayes
Right Wing - FLA
GOALS: 11 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 18
SOG: 72 | +/-: -5
Tim Wharnsby of CBC.ca reported it is a one-way contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Harvey Filakov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the contract will pay Hayes $925,000.

The arbitration hearing was scheduled for later Tuesday.

Hayes, who was a restricted free agent, had 11 goals and 18 points in 53 games for the Panthers in 2013-14 after arriving from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade Nov. 14.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Jimmy," general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "We look forward to his continued contributions to our team both on and off the ice."

Hayes, 24, has 17 goals and 31 points in 96 NHL games. He was a second-round pick (No. 60) in the 2008 NHL Draft and spent three seasons at Boston College before signing with Chicago.

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