Where could Kevin Hayes wind up?

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Ever since Kevin Hayes inked his one year deal, a deal that brings him to unrestricted free agency at 27 years old, Rangers fans have been buzzing with where he might wind up. It is no longer a matter of if, but a matter of when. Hayes will be traded by the trade deadline. A player of his skill set, a top/middle-six center, should garner a good amount of attention as well.

1. San Jose is my leading guess. They missed out on John Tavares, they are still competing in their closing window, and you never know when Joe Thornton can’t handle big minutes anymore. Hayes addresses some team needs. The big discussion is cost. I have no idea what Hayes could fetch, but it’s safe to assume a first round pick and a solid prospect is the starting point. But SJ doesn’t have their first rounder this year. That’s a wrench.

2. If neither of Danton Heinen nor Ryan Donato stick, the Bruins could be looking for top-six help to keep pace with the Lightning. They have the picks and the prospects to get it done as well. But that’s a bit if, because both Heinen and Donato are supposed to make the team outright. If Boston is truly going to be in on Hayes, they would likely be in at the deadline, not before.

3. The Blackhawks are in desperate need of middle-six help. There’s no way 38 year old Chris Kunitz or Marcus Kruger will fill that need. Outside of Kane, Toews, Saad, DeBrincat, and Anisimov, the Hawks have a ton of question marks. Hayes would be a good fit there. But would the Hawks be willing to part with a first roudner this year and perhaps Ian Mitchell, their second rounder last year? I don’t know.

4. The dark horse here is Dallas. They missed out on basically everyone. Jason Spezza is 35. There are questions about his and Tyler Seguin’s future in Dallas. Hayes, assuming they can sign him long-term, offers them a cheaper 2C than Spezza when that deal expires. Unless they really think Martin Hanzal is the answer.

5. I could see Anaheim kicking the tires, but I don’t think that’s a good fit. The Ducks have a good amount of forwards, and Hayes would likely be shifted off his natural center spot. That said, you never know.

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53 thoughts on “Where could Kevin Hayes wind up?

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Hopefully to Winnipeg in some package to get Trouba

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:42 am

      I don’t see Trouba coming here or want in to stay here during a rebuild. If it’s a rebuild type of situation than the Wings will come calling for him. Last time I heard he liked it Winnipeg, they might just make room for the kid and give him his money. Once again though, Trouba isn’t coming here, other teams could outbid the Rangers.

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      I like Winnipeg as a trade partner, they’ll definitely be a likely cup contender again this year. Though I don’t think Trouba would be the target considering the point of getting a center for WPG at the trade deadline would be to gear up for a cup run and losing one of their top defenseman doesn’t make too much sense to win it all. They have some solid prospects that I wouldn’t mind seeing with a 1st or 2nd round pick

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      I wouldnt think so, only because i dont see any way Hayes decides to sign LT in Winnipeg.

      If they are to trade Trouba they want cost controlled futures to help when their cap situation becomes unbearable.

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 8:33 am

    San Jose seems like the obvious choice, but we would need to also eat salary. All of that and no first round pick makes that trade require a 3rd team. Difficult if not impossible.

    The Canadian teams seem out of the picture at the moment. I am looking at Hayes starting the year with us and gradually losing minutes to the kids. Before he loses too much value, some team will lose a centerman to injury and we will oblige accordingly.

    Anyone see the show on NHL network regarding the top 20 centers in the league? Interesting to see how much talent is out there and none of it in Rangerland.

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 8:43 am

      What would you say San Jose has that we want? im not too sure whos young on that team…Hopefully Gorton doesnt trade Hayes to them for a Goalie!

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Zib isn’t on here there?! Wtf has he been doing this whole time in Ottawa and NY? Oh yeah 52 points and he’s still a kid.

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:37 am

        Not sure Zib compares well to these

        1. Connor McDavid
        2. Sidney Crosby
        3. Malkin
        4. Auston Matthews
        5. Backstrom
        6. Taveras
        7. Stamkos
        8. Seguin
        9. Getzlaf
        10. Scheifele
        11. Bergeron
        12. Towes
        13. Kopitar
        14. Eichel
        15. Draisaitl
        16. R. Johansen
        17. Barkov
        18. J. Carter
        19. Kuznetsov
        20. S. Monahan

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:45 am

          You are right…and when Zib gets another concussion it will really be a bummer…I would to see him traded too

          • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:12 am

            It’s a possibility and I think he will be evaluated heavily this season. His clause kicks in. I think he could still be a decent scoring winger. I think there’s going to be a choice between him and Kreider.

            • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:17 am

              I would trade both of those guys in a heartbeat

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:06 am

          Are you trying to troll my trolling?

          • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

            No sir lol

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

          No, he definitely does not. However, the Rangers just jettisoned everyone to rebuild. In 3 years we could have 2-3 on the list. I don’t think anyone expects the rangers would this year! Except you, of course.

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

        Getting concussions and taking forever to get his groove back lol

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Does anyone else think Hayes could possibly be part of a package to pry William Nylander out of Toronto? He still doesn’t have a contract, still under 23 years old and skates like the wind. The Leafs just signed Tavares but Hayes plays on either wing too. Not sure if it’s Hayes Toronto would want but if they’re thinking about moving Nylander, I wanna be in on it.

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:38 am

      I don’t think JG is stupid enough to be put in this spot by hoping Hayes would pick a place to resign with. That alters the whole trade leverage into his hands. Toronto or any other teams won’t want to make trades for him because they won’t be able to get him to stick around afterwards. The going market price for a 26 year old two way center would either scare teams away if they’re not confident enough to keep him or would low ball Jeff. This could be why they paid him enough for a one year. Just keep him happy so he could resign later into the season.

      This kills alot of narratives ^

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Toronto is going to have to get creative with the cap….Auston Matthews is in his last season of his ELC contract…and will be getting a very nice raise

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      That’s kind of my point. The Leafs are gonna need a lot to keep Mathews & Marner. May not leave much to offer Nylander and he’s still not signed as of Monday 8/6

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I doubt it will be a West Coast Team.

    Hayes has strong New England East Coast Ties and friends in the NHL that have played on the left coast.

    He may get traded there for a cup run but i doubt he stays there on a UFA Contract.

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Yeah the Bostonian ties and the family relationship with Quinn will be another factor to why he could resign.

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Yes bottom line is that Hayes would be a great top 6 player for alot of teams around the league. He could be the finishing touches for contenders or apart of something special for teams trying to make some noise for once.

    I see him getting resigned by early February and sticking around past 2020. JG bought some time to make a new deal that fits the long term plan.

    Just like Karlsson in LV

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:43 am

      I agree that the conclusion that Hayes will definitely be gone may be a wrong read on how his contract played out. If they were definitely going to trade him they may have let him go to arbitration. Also they likely want to see how Anderson and Chytil look at center. If one or both look mediocre or better suited to wing locking up Hayes long term may seem more appealing, especially if Kevin builds on last years success and continues to score and being a top defensive center. Potentially Hayes could be our best forward!

      I agree that JG may be just buying time and seeing what the landscape is in January. Kevin has always said he wanted to play here. It would be silly for him to sign long term a year before FA unless he gets a good no movement clause, which JG was probably reluctant to offer at this time. Things could look very different in several months given the uncertainty with all our prospects.

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:58 am

        Oh stawpp it, you’re killing people’s narratives on things.

        Seriously though, I think what we’re saying here has more proof to it. The other side wants to imagine JG automatically trading Hayes and losing his hand in the leverage to do so. I see people hiding behind the rebuild in the sense that they want to see the kids play for the sake of trading Hayes.

        As I said before about the Karlsson money, basically the same contract. Give or take since he did just almost score at a insane rate of goals. I feel that the 1 year deal spoke volumes about the Rangers wanting to make it work. Maybe JG next interview about the recent signings and upcoming camp will shed some light on things.

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:43 am

          Gorton did not go to Hayes and say Im only giving you a 1 year contract…this rebuild will not last too long when there is a UFA bonanza next July….Hayes and Zuc will be moved and we gain 10 mil in cap…Perhaps Sequin or Panerin

          • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:15 am

            Seguin is staying in Dallas. He’s been on the record multiple of times saying that loves it down there. I see no reason why he would turn his back on them and why they would do the same to him.

            • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:51 am

              Perhaps…..Tavares also told the Islanders he loves them too…and Gorton and Sequin have the Bruin connection from back in the day

              • Aug 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm

                Texas taxes in play… No way Taveres situation is here

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 9:35 am

    For the most part I see us going after D men or high draft picks. Unless an elite winger was available.

    Winnepeg makes too much sense. But seems that Trouba for Hayes plus pieces is not on the radar for either team.

    I could also see him go to Columbus(although they seem set at center) in a deal involving Panarin. Hayes plus. I think he would fit well with Torts. And we want Panarim. Obviously I would rather wait for Panarim to become a UFA vs trading for him and signing him,but that may not happen.

    Chicago is an interesting choice. Wonder how that would look after he walked from the Hawks in the first place to become a Ranger?

    I would say there is need in SJ. But what do they have, that we need, in return is I think the bigger issue?

    I also see a match up with Carolina. They need centers and have D depth. Hayes/Faulk type of a deal is a starting point.

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Why would he sign off to go to CBJ when they won’t have enough sway to keep him there? There’s definitely room for him as a top line center over there. Torts raved about him while he was out of a job after the Vancouver stint. I just don’t see why they would trade their expensive chip for a player who might let them know that they have no chance at resigning. I don’t think that will even make the playoffs this season.

      Hawks are my team that he would be in play for if the Rangers sh#t the bed with no playoff hopes. They might just do the sneaky trade off while knowing that he comes straight back to them after the playoffs. It would give the team some assets and a chance to show what kind of playoff performer he is next to guys like Kane. He kind of screwed them over once so maybe him and Jeff don’t have a care in the world if he would do it again.

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Why would you trade for the Breadman when he is a UFA? And reportley wants to come here

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        I am thinking that Columbus will trade him if they can’t sign him. He said he wanted to be in NY, but LA also. So he may not get to free agency, which is why you would trade for him now instead of wait

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm

          If Breadman makes it to UFA Im interested…I will not give up assets for him

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:14 am

    AND maybe they keep him !!!!!!

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Does anyone remember the game where Hayes had a breakaway and did not shoot but carried the puck behind the net?

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:19 am

      I remember when he beat guys like Marchand and Bergeron to lead the league in shorthanded goals and points.

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

        I dont believe you! Hayes passes, passes and passes some more ..so no way he could shoot…thats why Hayes, Zib and Zuc if they are all here….have to be on separate lines

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:45 am

        That cant be true! lol…Hayes only passes

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 11:46 am

        Wow, those 44 points Hayes had last year—they were unbelievable!! I think each point he registered won an individual NHL Award! 44 points, just amazing. Actually what’s really amazing is Hayes will make similar money to Karlsson in Vegas, who had 43 goals and 78 points last year as a 1st line center for a Stanley Cup Finals team.

        Seriously, Mint—why don’t you put a sock in it for awhile, or learn how to make more sense thru the tears that you are weeping over Hayes’ impending trade?

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm

          For a guy who passes way way way too much he had only 19 assists…You cannot give him 6/36 no way….He is a 3rd line center on a good team

          • Aug 6, 2018 at 1:32 pm

            Absolutely True

          • Aug 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

            A HERO chart disagrees, and has him firmly in 2C territory for scoring tier probability. That does not take into account “good team” or “bad team”; all NHL skaters. 53% 2nd line, 40% 1st line, 7% 3rd line. One chart does not a career make, of course, but I think it is somewhat safe to say that there likely is more to Hayes’s offensive game than we saw in the raw counting stats, given how AV chose to try and develop him against his grain, how he was deployed, and who his line-mates were most nights.

            Personally, I suspect that Hayes is gonna be real good for someone else so long as they play him to his natural strengths as an offensive play-making center, if what seems to be obvious – that they are posturing to trade him – is the case. Unless Gorton returns a haul, not so sure this will be looked back upon as a great turn of events for this front office if he is traded. Hayes came out of college labelled by some as a potential Joe Thornton type, so I’m sure SJ remembers that. Just sucks they don’t seem to line up well for a good haul in return.

            I personally was not at all impressed to see the news of a one year deal coming up on my phone after five days of being at camp without reception enough to check web pages. I think Hayes’s ceiling is much higher than either Spooner or Namestnikov. If Howden ends up as good as Hayes, we will be lucky. Chytil may not stick at C according to some folks. Andersson probably will never be an offensive monster. Prospects are always a crap shoot, of course, but the chances of all three of those guys making it at C are not great. IMO, it is a big gamble to take this path with Hayes…but as stated by others above, there is at least some chance they still would like to retain him and got hung up over fine details and mutually decided to figure it out this winter or next summer, even though it sure feels like that probably is not the case.

            • Aug 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm

              Hayes would only be a good 2nd line center if he had a sniper on the wing. He does not have that with us. As a 2nd line center, we expect points, and 50 or less does not cut it.

              Get another first or second rounder for him and let players with real scoring potential play up a line. Move him now before the league gets the knowledge that he really isn’t that good.

              • Aug 6, 2018 at 2:57 pm

                If a second rounder is the best part of the return if and when Hayes is traded, Jeff Gorton should be strapped to a rocket and said rocket should be launched directly in the sun.

              • Aug 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

                But you want to personally label Zib a 1c when his best year was considered being a 52 point player? Pass the bowl of hypocrisy this way..

                Is this when you hide someone from being hurt? Hayes would be amazing behind a true 1c who could put up some serious points and outproduce him by more than 10-15 points. Zib will never do that with if Hayes in the top 6. He can’t even do that right how while he got the favorable OZ deployments. A bunch of 21 goal seasons aren’t much for a guy who gets 15+ minutes per game and PP time. The issue for this team is not having top line players do their job. We’re a joke compared to every other top line in the league. Hayes could have easily been a 25-30 goal 2c with consistent PP minutes in his same shutdown role. It would be be nice to see him rack up assists with a sniper but it’s not like he ” needs ” one.

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm

          First of all don’t @ me because both Hayes and Karlsson are on a 1 year prove contact making similar money.

          Second of all when you have to exaggerate to try and make a point or take a dig at someone than you should just use vote button.

          Third of all yes Township Rebellion says, he kept that pace up since mid October until the April. I believe someone caught up to him so he ended up tying in shorthanded goals. That’s what happens when you give him consistent minutes. If you still don’t believe me than look at Mancunian reply to me, I think he’s still mad about it.

          • Aug 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm

            Blur…song 2

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I wonder if it is really a forgone conclusion that Hayes will be traded.

    The one year deal will give the team time to see what they have in Andersson and Chytil, and then make a decision possibly by the February trade deadline.

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Howden too

    • Aug 6, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Peter, no way they give Hayes the $6M per that he wants. No way.

      Add to that, no NTC, no way.

      • Aug 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm

        Hey Tony:

        Ah, makes sense. I’d pay him Mika money, but not more, and no NTC either. He is forcing their hand if those are his demands.

        I think I’d prefer them to deal him now if possible because he will be worth less as a short term rental.

        • Aug 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm

          Next year, I figure the Rangers can sign 2 higher priced players. I’m not feeling that Hayes should be one of them, especially since Chytil may be better than Kevin soon.

  • Aug 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Im not saying I read it here…but some other places some fans talk make you think Hayes is Auston Matthews….he isn’t

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