Jets assemble Rangers’ Kevin Hayes – Winnipeg Free Press
UPDATE 11:30 am. The newest member of the Winnipeg Jets is pumped to join a championship contender.“It’s been rumoured for a while. I know they gave up a lot for me and I just want to help them out,” Kevin Hayes said in a conference call from New York. "Everyone knows how good they are…

UPDATE 11:30 am. The latest member of the Winnipeg Jets is pumped to be half of a championship contender.

“It’s been rumoured for a whereas. I do know they gave up plenty for me and I merely desire to lend a hand them out,” Kevin Hayes stated in a conference call from Contemporary York. “Every person is aware of how correct they are and the form of avid gamers that they’ve on their crew. I’m exasperated to salvage going right here.”

Hayes, 6-5, 220 kilos, provides a colossal physique up the middle for the Central Division squad. But he’s additionally cell and is terrible on the push. Admittedly, he has a puck-distribution mentality and is alive to to initiate to meld with the Jets’ young, dynamic wingers wherever he slots in.

“I’m no doubt a colossal centre that can skate reasonably considerable, no doubt a circulation-first guy so, optimistically, I will be able to assemble some chemistry with some guys,” he stated. “I don’t desire to speak precisely where I’m going to play, however I’m going to play with some correct wingers who can score some targets. I’m a circulation-first form of participant and I’m exasperated to play with some operate scorers.”

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UPDATE 11:30 am. The latest member of the Winnipeg Jets is pumped to be half of a championship contender.

“It’s been rumoured for a whereas. I do know they gave up plenty for me and I merely desire to lend a hand them out,” Kevin Hayes stated in a conference call from Contemporary York. “Every person is aware of how correct they are and the form of avid gamers that they’ve on their crew. I’m exasperated to salvage going right here.”

Hayes, 6-5, 220 kilos, provides a colossal physique up the middle for the Central Division squad. But he’s additionally cell and is terrible on the push. Admittedly, he has a puck-distribution mentality and is alive to to initiate to meld with the Jets’ young, dynamic wingers wherever he slots in.

“I’m no doubt a colossal centre that can skate reasonably considerable, no doubt a circulation-first guy so, optimistically, I will be able to assemble some chemistry with some guys,” he stated. “I don’t desire to speak precisely where I’m going to play, however I’m going to play with some correct wingers who can score some targets. I’m a circulation-first form of participant and I’m exasperated to play with some operate scorers.”

Hayes already has a obvious tie-in to Winnipeg. His cousin is ex-Jets 1.zero operate scorer Keith Tkachuk, and there’s even an image floating around on social media of a young Kevin sporting an extinct-college blue No. 7 sweater.

“Rising up we had been big Jets fans,” stated Hayes, 26, who turned into once merely four years extinct when the Jets headed to Phoenix in 1996.

” I turned into once an limitless Jets fan. I knew that picture turned into once going to at remaining salvage out… we would continually cheer for the Jets when Keith played for them,” Hayes stated.

“(Keith) known as me reasonably rapid after I bought traded. He’s really going to be in Winnipeg (Monday), so I’m going to seemingly possess some dinner with him, which is ready to be tremendous.”

Hayes turned into once alerted to the deal from a TV broadcast.

“My cell phone has been ringing off the hook for a whereas now, a pair of hours. Blake Wheeler turned into once the first one to be triumphant in out. I judge they’re in Arizona factual now, however he texted me and welcomed me to the crew and gave me some insider files. I’m obvious quite loads of the guys are going to text me,” he stated. “I’m exasperated to meet all americans the following day after I salvage there. I’m flying out of right here reasonably soon. This would possibly per chance occasionally seemingly be a busy day, however I’m exasperated to salvage there.”

Hayes has been with the Rangers the length of his 5-Twelve months profession. He’s grateful for the different and time the Eastern Conference squad gave him to create as a participant.

“Over the remaining couple of years, I’ve change into a successfully-rounded participant. After I first entered the league, I turned into once mainly all offence, however I’ve learned to play reasonably considerable defensively. I possess my previous (coaches) Alain Vigneault and David Quinn to thank for that.

“My minutes possess no doubt been up and that’s what I wanted. I’ve been in the league for 5 years now and no doubt yearly you would prefer to bewitch one more step into your sport. This Twelve months I’ve been the total participant that I’ve been attempting to be for the previous couple of years and I turned into once lucky sufficient to salvage of endeavor to assemble it in Contemporary York,” he added.


UPDATE 10:10 am. The Winnipeg Jets possess wasted no time making a splash on the alternate slice back-off date, acquiring centre Kevin Hayes from the Contemporary York Rangers Monday morning.

He without extend affords Winnipeg an toughen down the middle.

“When I stated goodbye to the guys, that turned into once the most emotional portion. I’ve been in Contemporary York for 5 years and built some reasonably correct friendships there. I’m obvious Winnipeg will be merely as stress-free and I’m looking ahead to it,” Hayes educated TSN presently after the alternate.

Hayes turned into once role to alter into an unrestricted free agent this summer season. He has 14 targets and 28 assists this season.

“It felt like every hour I turned into once going someplace recent. I seemingly talked to my agent 25 instances in the remaining two days,” Hayes added. “It turned into once someplace recent every time and I’m joyful to in the wreck possess it over with and streak to an unreal crew like Winnipeg.”

In return, the Jets possess shipped forward Brendan Lemieux, a first-round draft procedure shut and a conditional fourth-round draft procedure shut (if the Jets retract the Stanley Cup) to Broadway.

Lemieux’s father and agent Claude spoke with the Free Press presently after the alternate.

“Sad to leave his teammates, mates, a Stanley Cup contender. But contented for the different,” he stated.


It’s alternate slice back-off date day — and the Winnipeg Jets are expected to be actively procuring for improvements to their struggling squad.

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NHL clubs possess unless 2 p.m CT to wrap up deals, with several colossal names expected to be on the circulation. It’s no secret the Jets would possibly per chance seemingly bid a procedure shut, as Sunday’s 4-1 loss in Arizona leaves them merely 3-5-2 in their previous 10 video games.

The urgency for total manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and his workers will had been stepped up when high-pairing defenceman Josh Morrissey suffered what looked to a shoulder damage early in the third length. Winnipeg is travelling back from the wasteland later this morning, and Morrissey is anticipated to be further evaluated by crew doctors when they land.

Can the Jets lift Winnipeg native Impress Stone house? If now not, does Opinion B consist of a forward equivalent to Kevin Hayes, Wayne Simmonds, Marcus Johansson or Derick Brassard?

And what to assemble on the blue line, a blueprint that turned into once likely looking out an toughen even earlier than Morrissey went down?

The rather about a burning anticipate is what would possibly per chance seemingly streak the rather about a capability? Winnipeg’s first-round draft procedure shut is probably going in play, whereas young skaters equivalent to Jack Roslovic, Nic Petan, Sami Niku, Eric Comrie and Logan Stanley had been linked in talks.

The Free Press has a crew of writers ready to lift you news because it breaks. Cheveldayoff is additionally expected to talk at Bell MTS Snort later in the day. Take a look at back right here throughout the day for the total latest.

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