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June 11, 2019, 11:01 pm

Flyers hope to sign Hayes before July 1

The Philadelphia Flyers are hoping to have Kevin Hayes tour their facilities in the near approaching with hopes of sign language the 27-year-old guardant earlier he becomes an unrestricted free causal agent July 1.

Flyers hope to sign Hayes before July 1
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The Philadelphia Flyers are hoping to have Kevin Hayes tour their facilities in the near approaching with hopes of sign language the 27-year-old guardant earlier he becomes an unrestricted free causal agent July 1.

The Flyers noninheritable Hayes in a commerce with the Winnipeg Jets on June 3 for a fifth-circular pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The archetypal circular is June 21 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 are June 22 (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN).

"Certainly, we will have a lot more dialog this week," Flyers broad director Chuck Fletcher said Monday. "Next week is the week of the draft. This week will be an of import week. I will surely have more time to meet with him face to face.

"Had some good, I guess, exploratory speechs with Kevin and his representation. I anticipate to travel up with Kevin and his camp this week and we will see how it goes. I don't know how to qualify it different than we've had good speech and we are hopeful we can make something work.

"I don't have a vibe, different than he's surely open-minded. You have to remember he's two weeks away from getting to July 1, so that's a nice status to obtain in this league. Certainly, he's earned that right and we are respectful of that. I think we have a lot to offer in Philly. So we will continue to speak to him and I think he's open-minded to speechs, at least that is what his camp has said to us, and obviously we have strong interest in him."

Hayes had 55 points (19 goals, 36 assists) in 71 games with the Jets and New York Rangers this season. New York commerced him to Winnipeg for guardant Brendan Lemieux and two draft picks on Feb. 25.

Hayes could slot in as Philadelphia's second-line center, which would allow Claude Giroux to remain on the wing full time after playing both spots last season, and Nolan Patrick to have easier matchups as a third-line center. Hayes also could play on the power play and the penalty kill.

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"[Hayes] brings a solid 200-foot game," Fletcher said. "He has been a very good penalty killer in this league. That's a scenario we would like to improve. He plays well away from the puck. He understands the game. He has hockey sense. He can contribute offensively. We gave up 281 goals [this season], we have to get better. We have to have more players that play a strong 200-foot game. I'd like to improve the penalty kill. Having depth through the middle of the ice will make us harder to play against. … I don't think there is anything more to say than that he helps us on both ends of the ice."

One thing that could work in Philadelphia's favor is coach Alain Vigneault, who coached Hayes for his archetypal four NHL seasons in New York (2014-18).

"He's a guy who's familiar with our coach and our coach is familiar with him," Fletcher said. "If he signs, that will help. There shouldn't be any learning curve. He should step in seamlessly if we're able to sign him.

"I know Alain has a lot of respect for him and I know in speaking to Kevin that he enjoyed playing for him. I'm sure that will help, but I don't know that it's fair for me to qualify how much it will help."

Fletcher also plans to meet with the causal agents for the Flyers' restricted free causal agents -- guardants Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton and Ryan Hartman, and defensemen Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim -- while in Vancouver for the 2019 draft.

"It seems that market is becoming … a little bit more aggressively priced, I guess is the way to put it based on the last couple of years," Fletcher said. "We've had good speechs with the representation for all of those players.

"My sense is everyone is trying to wait for somebody else to do something. I don't think anything is going to happen quickly, but we are hopeful we will get everything done."

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