Rangers trade Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg
The Rangers have made their second big trade of this year’s deadline, sending center Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg. The return is a 2019 1st round pick, 22 year old winger Brendan Lemieux, and a conditional 4th round pick. Lemieux was Buffalo’s 2nd round pick (31st overall) in 2014, had a strong 2017-2018 in the AHL, but hasn’t made that full NHL transition just yet, with a line of 9-2-11 in 44 games. He’s just 22 years old though, and the skill level is there. He can certainly play, and his style will probably be loved by Rangers fans.
Hayes, signed by the Rangers as a free agent after he didn’t sign with Chicago, has spent 4+ seasons with the Rangers, putting up 87-129-216 in 387 games played. He’s seen his game grow from an offensively minded 3C to an all around 2C. He’s going to fit in well in Winnipeg.
The return for Hayes is basically as expected, a decent prospect, a 1st, and a 4th rounder if Winnipeg wins the Cup (nothing if they don’t). This is a decent trade. Nothing spectacular, fair value.