The Rangers and center Kevin Hayes have agreed on a one-year deal at $5.125 million, per Elliotte Friedman. Rumors broke yesterday that the Rangers were not going to get a long-term deal done with their 2C, and this shows just that. Hayes will continue to be the 2C, but now he is likely just a warm body until Filip Chytil or Lias Andersson are ready.
I’m not a big fan of the deal, mostly because I think Hayes is under appreciated and he is a solid 2C. However I do understand the need to create roster spots for more elite talent. At this rate, I expect Hayes to be a deadline rental somewhere.
Just my spitballing here, but I’m guessing the Rangers wanted to trade him, but couldn’t get to a deal.