Report: Flyers ‘closing in on’ multi-year contract with Kevin Hayes

Kevin Hayes may soon be a Flyer.

The Philadelphia Flyers have been able to negotiate with Kevin Hayes for two weeks now after acquiring his rights on June 3. Chuck Fletcher marked the start of the offseason with that deal and has been making moves since.

After two weeks in limbo, the Flyers are “closing in on a multi-year contract” with Kevin Hayes, according to Bob McKenzie.

Hayes’ price tag was thought to be in the $6.5 – $7 million range, so this isn’t shocking. However, that may be a bit high for the second-line center.

 

Here’s a snippet of what we wrote over the weekend about the Hayes’ situation.

 

“The fact of the matter is that the Flyers are likely going to need to overpay for a top-six forward, no matter who it is. Whether it be via a trade or free-agent signing, the market for forwards this offseason favors the players.

The Flyers went up to that $7 million range on a five-year deal last offseason for 29-year-old James van Riemsdyk, who was the second-best free agent available, and it wouldn’t be unreasonable for them to sign Hayes to a similar deal.

Hayes, 27, signed a one-year deal for $5.175 million last offseason to avoid arbitration as a restricted free agent. He’s definitely going to get a raise, and between $6 million and $7 million is a fair ask.”

 

Hayes is one of the best forwards available in free agency. The 27-year-old forward will get a deal with a cap hit similar to James van Riemsdyk’s $7 million, and likely get a year or two more than JVR’s five years.

Ron Hextall dug out of a salary-cap hole and restocked the cupboard with prospects. Now, Fletcher is using those assets to make his mark on the Flyers.

What do you think?