NHL trade news: Flyers acquire Kevin Hayes from Jets

Philadelphia has made a roster move.

The Flyers traded a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft to the Jets in exchange for Kevin Hayes, the team announced Monday.

Hayes, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent in July and Philadelphia already has plans to work on a new contract with him.

“By gaining the rights to Kevin at this time, it provides us with an opportunity to negotiate with him prior to July 1 when he is due to become an unrestricted free agent,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement.

Hayes was acquired by Winnipeg in a trade with the Rangers in February for a 2019 first-round pick and a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal worth a little more than $5 million in July 2018 and went on to play in 20 regular season games for the Jets.

Winnipeg was eliminated by the Blues in six games in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Hayes posted a career-high 55 points in 71 appearances in 2018-19. He played for current Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault during the first four years of his career in New York.