The deal is done.
Chuck Fletcher and the Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Kevin Hayes to a seven-year, $50 million contract.
Fletcher gave Winnipeg a fifth-round pick for Hayes’ rights on June 3 and after two weeks of negotiations, Kevin Hayes is officially a Flyer.
“We are very happy to sign Kevin to a long term contract,” said Fletcher. “He plays a smart, two-way game and is just entering the prime of his career. Kevin will add size and skill to our line-up.”
Bob McKenzie first reported the deal late Tuesday night.
Hayes, 27, is coming off a career year when he recorded 19 goals and 36 assists for 55 points in 71 games with the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets combined. He has played at a 54-point pace over the past three seasons (148 points in 223 games) and has 229 points in 381 career games (0.60 points per game, 49 points per 82 games).
Fletcher has officially filled the Flyers’ second-line center hole. Here’s an excerpt from that piece:
“The large majority of Hayes’ career points, 69.87% to be exact, have come during 5-on-5 play: 65 of 92 goals and 95 of 137 assists for 160 of 229 points. He has averaged 32 5v5 points per season over his five-year career, bookending his five-years with a career-high of 36 5v5 points in 2014-15 and 2018-19.
That total of 36 5v5 points tied him for 79th in the league this past season with the likes of Patrice Bergeron, Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn, Gabriel Landeskog and our very own Jake Voracek.
For team-specific reference, only Claude Giroux (50), Couturier (43), Travis Konecny (38) and Voracek (36) had 36 or more 5v5 points last season — James van Riemsdyk would have came close to that mark over a full season with 27 in 66 games, a 33.5 point pace. Those first three guys – Giroux, Couturier, and Konecny — will likely make up the Flyers’ top line next season. Those next two names are who we should key in on here with Hayes as they could be his second-line wingers to start the season.”
Fletcher is making moves this week, and with the draft just days away, he may not be done yet.