With contract season well and truly upon us, the time for players to start being snapped up and taking on new deals is here. One of the most interesting finds was that of Kevin Hayes, who has signed a seven-year deal worth $50m with the Philadelphia Flyers. The deal, worth around $7.14m per season, will see the 27-year-old join up with the Flyers in full. He was traded to the Flyers by the Jets in June for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 Draft.

Well, with Hayes now fully aware of where he is going to be, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the pressure. When asked about the move, Hayes said: “Obviously as an athlete, July 1 and unrestricted free agency is definitely an intriguing idea,”

“But when I sat down with my agent and we kind of thought about what type of team I’d want to go and where I’d fit into the organization and the team, the Flyers were at the top of the list. Once the season ended, they were on a short list of mine that I was intrigued by.

“To be able to get traded there from the Jets and kind of get a head start in our conversations, I got to know the organization and I got to know some players a little bit. It was kind of a no-brainer.

“Ultimately between me and my agent, we wanted to go to a great city, a team that can win and a team that can kind of go for the Stanley Cup, and the Flyers are one of those teams, we think.”

It sounds like all parties are happy, then, with a deal that has seen Hayes join up with a team with plenty of exciting potential. Can he help to unlock that potential properly?

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