Shortly following the announcement that Chris Kreider has re-signed with the Rangers, New York has announced that they have also reached a deal with Kevin Hayes. Hayes and Kreider are the only former Eagles that for the Rangers organization in the NHL last season. Nathan Gerbe will join Hayes and Kreider in NY next season.
Hayes, who has played two full seasons for the Rangers since graduating from BC in 2014, has reportedly inked a two-year extension. According to reports, he will make $2.6 million a year.
Hayes was drafted 24th by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL draft, but chose not to sign with them. Hayes signed with New York the summer after graduating and has played for them since. Hayes recorded 45 points in his first season as a Ranger, including 17 goals. Last season, Hayes scored 14 goals and notched 22 assists, for a total of 36 points. Hayes missed a few games last season as a healthy scratch, a tool his coaches reportedly used to motivate him.
Hayes was scheduled for salary arbitration on July 27th - he is the fourth Rangers player to avoid arbitration so far this summer.