Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher caught the hockey world by surprise on the night of June 3rd with the acquisition of forward Kevin Hayes from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. By acquiring Hayes, the Flyers gained exclusive rights to negotiate a contract extension with the 27-year-old before he could hit unrestricted free agency on July 1.
After 13 days of recruiting, Kevin Hayes is officially a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, securing a seven-year deal worth $7.14 million annually. In 381 games played, Hayes has compiled 229 points (92G-137A) and is coming off his best season where he totaled 55 points (19G-36A). At the trade deadline, Hayes (a former first round pick) was shipped from New York to Winnipeg in exchange for Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first round pick and a conditional fourth round pick.
It's believed that the Dorchester, MA native is entering his prime of his career and a reunion with new Flyers coach Alain Vigneault will continue to elevate Hayes' progression.
For more of what you can expect from Kevin Hayes now that he's officially landed in Philly, check out the highlights below...
An absolute missile from Hayes is no match for Semyon Varlamov.
Hayes' sick mitts were on full display as he ended this shootout against the Panthers.
No More Of This!
The next time we see a dish like this from Hayes, it's for Philly and *not* against Philly.
SHG... Not A Big Deal
Known as a two-way center, Hayes goes bar-down and snipes Isles netminder Thomas Greiss, all while on the penalty kill.
Showing off his power skating and awareness, Hayes drops a perfect spinning pass that leads to a goal.
Kevin Hayes freezes the Sabres defense and goaltender Pavel Buchnevich with a fake slapshot and serves up an elite assist to Pavel Buchnevich.
After being acquired by the Jets, Hayes took his talents to Winnipeg where he got onto the scoresheet with goals like this.
Power Moves Only
Against the team that drafted him, Hayes uses his 6'5", 215 lb. frame to fight off the Blackhawks defense for the OT winner.