Winnipeg Jets Load Up By Acquiring Kevin Hayes from Rangers

Winnipeg’s Cup aspirations improved Monday morning prior to the 2 C.T. NHL trade deadline, with the team acquiring pending UFA center Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers.

The Jets had been linked to Ottawa’s Mark Stone, but with Senators GM Pierre Dorion reportedly having a high asking price for the team’s best player and upcoming UFA winger, Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pounded and added a big center for a Cup run.

This seems to be about the expected return, and the conditional fourth is only sent by the Jets if they win the Cup this year.

Winnipeg currently sits atop the Central Division, and adding Hayes – who has 42 points through 51 games – makes the Jets’ forward group even more dynamic. Hayes will join a star-studded top-six that includes Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, and Nikolaj Ehlers.

**I’ll be discussing this deal and the rest of the trade deadline acquisitions with my podcast co-hosts Kevin Bartman and Dan Marotz on tomorrow’s Go With The Flow, which is now available on iTunes and Spotify.

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