Chuck Fletcher and the Philadelphia Flyers are doing work.
Fletcher’s first trade of the offseason is still in limbo in a sense as Kevin Hayes has yet to agree to a deal with the Flyers. The Orange and Black have since made two trades — swapping Radko Gudas for Matt Niskanen, and trading picks for Justin Braun — and bought out Andrew MacDonald, but Hayes is still very much up in the air.
It has now been two weeks since the Flyers acquired Hayes, and they are making progress toward a deal.
In Elliotte Friedman’s “31 Thoughts” on Saturday, he noted that the Flyers may need to go up to $6.5 – $7 million for the center. That may be an overpay, but it would be worth it, as we broke down here.
Last week, the Flyers met with Hayes at the Wells Fargo Center and gave him their presentation.
Now there are reports this week that make it seem like the two sides may be nearing a deal.
On Monday afternoon, Frank Seravalli reported that the Flyers “have made progress” with Hayes and it’s trending toward a deal.
Sounds like #Flyers have made progress with pending UFA Kevin Hayes. No guarantee it gets done, of course, but certainly trending in that direction.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 17, 2019
Then, on Tuesday, Bob McKenzie also reported a positive update on the Flyers-Hayes negotiations, saying that the Flyers continue “to work toward a long-term contract” for Hayes and there is “a sense of optimism.”
It’s not yet a done deal but PHI continues to work toward a long-term contract for pending UFA centre Kevin Hayes and, for now anyway, there’s a sense of optimism. Stay tuned. Curious on the market value for Hayes. Six years at north of $6.5 million perhaps?
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 18, 2019
He also gave an estimate on what the deal could look like with a six-year, $6.5 million cap hit.
That wouldn’t be out of the question for the Flyers, as Hayes would likely receive a deal near that number — if not higher — on the open market.
The Flyers have been at the center of most of the offseason activity recently, and that may not stop anytime soon under Fletcher. Let’s hope he can get Hayes signed to a reasonable deal and the Flyers back on track in the Eastern Conference.