The Flyers got their 2C, and it only cost a 5th round pick. But first let’s all relax, all we acquired was his signing rights. While this is all very exciting, and it shows that Chuck is willing to improve this team right now. With a plenty of cap space, and the Flyers new bench boss being his former head coach in New York, it looks like Philadelphia will be a perfect spot for Hayes.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 4, 2019
Kevin Hayes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Playing four seasons at Boston College, during which he was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 24th overall. He did not sign an entry level contract with the Hawks and went into unrestricted free agency. He then signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers, where he spent four seasons until being traded to Winnipeg during the Rangers reconstruction. In 381 NHL games he has scored 92 goals and 229 points, making him a formidable second line center on any NHL team.
It’s been a quiet off season for the Flyers since not qualifying for the post season, with no real news since Wayne Simmonds got traded. The Flyers did have a nice one two punch going with G and Coots, but it appears the two have been playing better together then apart. The Flyers have been lacking in center depth since G and Coots joined on a line. We were all hoping that Nolan Patrick would be able to take on the second line role, but its increasingly looking as if he is a late bloomer.
It looks like its going to be an exciting first off-season for the Chuck and his Flyers, with things heating up well before the draft.
– Intern Mitch