The Flyers have reached a deal with center Kevin Hayes, the team announced Wednesday.
The seven-year contract carries an average annual value of $7.14 million.
Signed. Sealed. Delivered. 📜✍️ https://t.co/FbMIGwQhK0
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 19, 2019
“We are very happy to sign Kevin to a long term contract,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a release. “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.”
Philadelphia traded a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft to the Jets in exchange for Hayes, and Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said at the time the trade provided an opportunity for the team to reach a deal before Hayes became an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The 27-year-old Hayes, a first-round pick by the Blackhawks in 2010, played the first 4 1/2 years of his career with the Rangers before a midseason trade to the Jets last year. The trade to Philadelphia reunites him with Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault, who coached him for four seasons in New York.
Hayes had a career-high 55 points in 71 appearances in 2018-19.