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:
In which Kevin Hayes, a 27 year old who has broken 20 goals once and 50 points once, now has the 18th highest AAV for a center in the NHL.
Unrestricted Free Agency. Catch the FEVER, BABY! https://t.co/o6XTxRlHTB
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 19, 2019
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.
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