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SportKevin Hayes visits with Philadelphia Flyers

03:30  13 june  2019
03:30  13 june  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Kevin Patrick Hayes (born May 8, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey center for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Kevin Hayes visits with Philadelphia Flyers© James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Since acquiring the exclusive negotiating rights of Kevin Hayes earlier this month, the Philadelphia Flyers have had some preliminary conversations with the pending free agent on a potential contract. Tuesday, Hayes actually met with the Flyers in person and according to Frank Seravalli of TSN was impressed with his visit. Still, Seravalli reports that Philadelphia “isn’t No. 1″ on the veteran center’s list, and notes that the Columbus Blue Jackets and Arizona Coyotes might be of interest.

Hayes, 27, was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets for a fifth-round pick in order to give Philadelphia a head start on contract negotiations. It’s not the first time that Hayes might be intrigued by the idea of free agency however, as he decided not to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks out of college despite the team spending a first-round selection on him in 2010. The Boston College alum decided to sign with the New York Rangers instead, and played the first four-and-a-half seasons of his pro career there before a mid-season trade took him to Winnipeg in February.

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Hayes teamed with Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold to create one of the most formidable lines in the NCAA. He finished the season with 27 goals and 65 points, nearly equal to his point total from his first three seasons combined Philadelphiaflyers .com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers .

Flyers acquire veteran center Kevin Hayes . 2:35. A look at the South Philly bar that's 'all in' on the Blues. The Flyers are already making up for the loss of left winger James van Riemsdyk and most recently second-line center Nolan Patrick, who is scheduled to miss seven to 10 days with an

There are plenty of reasons why the Flyers would be interested, given that Hayes is coming off his best offensive season. The 6-foot-5 center recorded 54 points in 71 games, though failed to crack the 20-goal mark once again. He has done so in just one of his NHL seasons, something of a red flag for a team expecting him to contribute big numbers at even strength. Still, his size and two-way ability make him a desirable asset for pretty much anyone looking for depth down the middle, something Philadelphia could use if Claude Giroux is going to stay on the wing.

As one of the younger players available this summer, there will be no shortage of suitors for Hayes. The Blue Jackets would make sense if Matt Duchene departs in free agency, while the Coyotes have been trying to find consistent production at the center position for years. Both teams also have former teammates of Hayes from New York involved in some way. Derek Stepan is a leader in the Arizona locker room, while Rick Nashhas been working with Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen for the last while.

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