Consensus Seems to Suggest the Flyers Overpaid for Kevin Hayes

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Chuck Fletcher is wheeling and dealing, though I’m not sure if his moves are any good. Radko Gudas for Matt Niskanen? Seven million dollars a year for seven years of Kevin Hayes?

Anthony and Russ discussed all of that on this morning’s Snow the Goalie podcast.

Here’s some of the national reaction to what the Flyers are doing:

A handful of the guys in the same range as Hayes:

  • Ryan O’Reilly – $7,500,000 AAV
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov – $7,800,00 AAV
  • Ryan Kesler – $6,875,000 AAV
  • Patrice Bergeron – $6,875,000 AAV

All four of those dudes have posted multiple 50-point seasons. Bergeron is 33 and Kesler is 34, but O’Reilly is 28 and Kuznetsov is 27, so they’re more comparable in age to Hayes.

More after the jump:

Key words that jump out to me here:

“…term looks lengthy and the team didn’t get a discount for it.”

Sounds pretty bad when you lump it all together and present it in this fashion.

Puts things in perspective for Toronto fans, or maybe it just makes them feel slightly better. Nylander had 61 point seasons at age 20 and 21, though he played only 54 games this season following a lengthy contract dispute and slow start once he did return. He’s the third highest paid player on the Leafs roster and Hayes is now #3 on the Flyers, just ahead of JVR.

Those are some monster contracts. What an offseason to be an unrestricted free agent in the National Hockey League.

Ant and Russ takes here

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  • Esports are the future June 19, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Flyers overpaying for a retread?! No!

    …next you’re going to tell me that the Eagles are going to start charging to watch practice…

    Oh wait.

    • Philly78 June 19, 2019 at 11:35 am

      The Flyers haven;’t signed or traded for an NHL caliber player in 5 years. These moves seem strange, but your narrative is dated.

  • Mike Keenan June 19, 2019 at 11:05 am

    This organization is an embarrassment and has been for almost a decade.

    • Craig Berube June 19, 2019 at 11:12 am

      you mean since they fired me in 2015?

  • Whiney Walters June 19, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Meh, they over paid by $500,000 – $1 mill. BIg deal, people need to stop overreacting to everything. Free agents get paid more, people would’ve bitched if the Flyers didn’t lock him up too. They were paying 7 mill combined to Weise and Letara last year

    • Dope June 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Typical Stepford

  • Peter Laviolette June 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

    You mean since October 7, 2013

  • Terry Murray June 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

    The Flyers have basically been a “choking situation” since 1997

  • 43 years and counting June 19, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Flyers hired a GM that did not have a great track record, spent money and then left the team in cap hell. He obviously hasn’t learned from his mistakes! And why do you trade the 41st pick for a 1 year rental? Move next years 2nd round pick when you will hopefully drafting later? Flyers think they have tons of assets in the system but are they all locks to be NHL players? Remember Carter Hart was drafted 48th so you can get good players in the top of the second round. Flyer still with no vision or plan to build. They must win now…awful approach

  • Dean Domino June 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    They needed to push Nolan Patrick down to the 3rd line. This accomplished that.

  • Rod King June 19, 2019 at 12:28 pm


  • Boe June 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    If you dont like what the Flyers are doing than,I say go root for another team and STFU and stop bitching over not doing something or doing something you dont agree with. You are just miserable no matter what they do. Just like those assholes at WIP. An all media that know Jack shit about hockey.

    • Boe June 19, 2019 at 1:07 pm


    • B-Rad June 19, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      Well said BOE…..everyone STFU and stop following the Flyers if this all bothers you so much!


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