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Seravalli: Kevin Hayes Told Another Player He’d Only Go to the Flyers if They Overpaid

Russ Joy - August 14, 2019

When TSN’s Senior Hockey Reporter and former Philadelphia Daily News writer Frank Seravalli joined Anthony San Filippo and I on Tuesday night’s Snow The Goalie, we expected he’d provide some of the hard-hitting insight that made him a favorite in the local market and a target of Canada’s top sports network. We didn’t expect the bombshell he dropped on us regarding the Flyers’ top offseason signing, center Kevin Hayes.

Per Seravalli, Hayes had no intention of signing with the Flyers, who had traded for his rights, unless they opted to overpay him:

“I don’t understand why (the Flyers) felt the need to spend a pick in order to go out and (trade for Kevin Hayes’ rights). I don’t think there was a team that would’ve come close to the Flyers’ number, because if there were, Kevin Hayes would’ve just waited until July 1, and I have that on good authority. I was with a current NHL player the night before Game 7 in Boston who – five minutes before seeing me – ran into Kevin Hayes outside of somewhere in downtown Boston, which is obviously his hometown. He goes, ‘Oh yeah. I just ran into Kevin Hayes.’ He said Kevin Hayes told him the only way he’s going to the Flyers is if the Flyers overpaid to get him. And how much did they overpay by? It’s hard to answer that specifically, but I would say at least $600k-700k a year times seven years.”

Take a minute to let that sink in. That’s absolutely staggering. It’s Kevin freaking Hayes. This is a guy who’s surpassed 50 points ONCE in his career. He’s regarded by many in hockey circles as a 2.5 C. He’s a decent enough two-way player, but come on. He’s an upgrade over an underwhelming Nolan Patrick and nowhere near a top-tier 2C with a legitimate shot at moving to the top line. This is the guy saying he’d only play for the Flyers if they overpaid? Seriously? Have the Flyers fallen this far as an organization? I remember a time when players went out of their way to come to Philadelphia. Sure, some would point to Ed Snider’s willingness to throw copious sums of cash at stars when the NHL had no salary cap, but this is different. An overpaid, mid-tier player essentially trashed the team he eventually signed with.

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Snow The Goalie: The International Perspective with TSN’s Frank Seravalli

Russ Joy - August 14, 2019

Anthony and Russ welcome TSN’s Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli to the program to give the international perspective on the Flyers’ offseason. They discuss:

  • What it’s like to cover the NHL for TSN on July 1.
  • What happened with RFAs in this year’s free agency period.
  • Thoughts on the Ivan Provorov negotiations.
  • Thoughts on the Kevin Hayes signing.
  • The national perspective on Nolan Patrick.
  • Are the Flyers the worst team in their division?
  • How the NHL views Dave Hakstol.
  • Will Joel Farabee make the roster?
  • The impact Alain Vigneault and his assistant coaches will have.
  • Frank’s move from the Daily News to TSN.

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Some Behind the Scenes Tales from the Flyers-Caps Game

Kyle Scott - November 5, 2013

Daily News Flyers beat writer was a guest on Puck Daddy’s Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast yesterday to discuss the the nonsense from Friday night.

A couple of fun bits from the interview:

As we knew, Seravalli was the one who picked Emery as the third star, and contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t trolling or being facetious– he actually thought Emery deserved third star because it woke up the fans. He then said that the team asked him not to participate in the three star selection anymore, this despite the organizational embracement of the fracas.

Seravalli, who generally seems to be an outsider amongst his hockey scriptual peers, took aim at some of his mates: “I just found the whole thing funny, that the same people who were calling this entire situation embarrassing… just criticizing, saying the Flyers’ actions were barbaric… those same people were in the Flyers locker room today asking if this could be a rallying point for the season.”

Seravalli defended the whole goon thing to a point, but I agree with his criticism of his hack mates, who were eager to get a juicy quote – like this one from Scott Hartnell yesterday – and regurgitate it without a shred of critical thought or context. That’s part of the problem with the Flyers– most in the media are too willing to embrace the culture in their articles and columns, but then develop Twitter muscles and criticize the team to a much more niche audience. At least Seravalli and Mike Sielski are willing to challenge the status quo.

Seravalli said he was standing in a hallway between the locker room and the media room trying to get a glimpse of which player was being taken out when an ambulance came to pick up Steve Downie. Security guards asked him to leave and forced him out of the area. He said that multiple calls and texts to Paul Holmgren went unanswered. This was an hour or so after the game, when the Flyers had only said that Downie had a concussion– which he didn’t (he has a broken face).

The first 30 minutes of Marek vs. Wyshynski was dedicated to the incident, with Seravalli on for about 20 of them. Give it a listen here.