Kevin Hayes dropped by the Flyers training facility during his quick two-day trip into Philly this past week. Among the items on his checklist was certainly to finalize his living situation, but also to get on the ice for the first time in Flyers colors.
PhiladelphiaFlyers.com and FlyersTV sat down with Hayes to get some answers on what his summer has been like so far...
1. HOW HAS THIS SUMMER BEEN DIFFERENT IN YOUR CAREER WITH THE SITUATION YOU WERE IN?
"This is the first time I've ever been on a long-term contract where every night I'll be depended on the outcome of the game. Before my longest contract was a two-year deal, where you're kind of playing for a new contract - now that I have that security and know I'm going to be here for a while, it's definitely a different mindset as far as my summer goes."
2. ARE YOU MORE COMFORTABLE COMING HERE BECAUSE OF THE FAMILIARITY WITH THE COACH & METROPOLITAN DIVISION EXPERIENCE?
"For sure, I know the division pretty well. It's been five years with AV [Alain Vigneault] too. I'm super-comfortable with him and the division. I think the biggest challenge is going to be getting to know everyone and just being myself. Being the new guy isn't always the easiest but I'm hoping that knowing JVR [van Riemsdyk] beforehand, getting to know Ghost, talking with G [Giroux] a little bit and playing against these guys a lot will make this an easy transition."
3. SPEAKING OF GIROUX AND YOUR NEW TEAMMATES, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JOINING AND ADDING TO THE OFFENSIVE POWER THIS LINEUP HAS?
"Offensively this is one of the best teams in the league. Some of the offensive power we have is unmatched whether its the older guys or younger guys on the team. We have some elite guys on the back end and Carter Hart coming in - with the team we have on paper it's going to be a fun year."
4a. SPEAKING OF VIGNEAULT, WHAT HAVE YOU TALKED TO HIM ABOUT SPECIFICALLY SINCE SIGNING?
"Well, I talked to him right when I got traded here. We have a good relationship. It's professional. It can kind of be very honest with one another - that's the way he likes to be with his players. He was great. He laid out where he kind of saw me as a player and where I fit into this lineup and it was exciting. It was a big reason why I decided to come here."
4b. WHAT'S HE LIKE?
"AV's awesome. He loves to win, he'll do anything to win so I think the city will appreciate that. He's an old-school coach that's pretty serious, but has a funny side to him."
5. HOW HAS YOUR LIVING SITUATION AND TRANSITION TO PHILLY BEEN THIS SUMMER? HAVE YOU FOUND A PLACE TO LIVE?
"I have. I've come down twice and looked at probably 12 different places. I asked a couple of the guys on the team, then narrowed it down to two and then mostly everyone said the same one so I just went with that. I'm meeting with the designer and I'm hoping to get in by Sept. 7."
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