Jets Land Kevin Hayes From Rangers

Jets Land Kevin Hayes From Rangers

The conditional pick is believed to be a fourth-rounder should the Jets win the Stanley Cup.

LeBrun adds that there isn't expected to be any salary retained in the swap. Hayes and the Rangers did have contract talks during the season, but clearly negotiations went nowhere. The 26-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season. "He was part of this team's eventual transformation since he took over a regular role in 2014-15 and we greatly appreciate his efforts over his time here". The 32-year-old defenseman had managed two goals and three assists in 36 games played so far this season. As the Rangers continued to rebuild, Hayes was a boost to every teammate's possession numbers, kept a clean defensive zone, and scored at a 68 point pace while he did.

NY previously traded winger Mats Zuccarello to the Stars over the weekend. The Denver native added a goal in nine outings in 2017-18.

The undrafted free agent played his best in the second half of last season, taking over for an injured Schneider and leading the Devils to their first playoff spot since reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012.

This is the second deadline in a row that the Jets have dealt away their first-round pick, sending it to the St. Louis Blues last February in exchange for forward Paul Stastny. In 51 games this season, he has 14 goals and 42 points. The Jets are now first in the Central Division with 78 points and third in the Western Conference behind Calgary and San Jose. They will be back in action Tuesday as they host the Minnesota Wild.

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