Rangers Trade Kevin Hayes To Jets, Adam McQuaid To Blue Jackets

Rangers Trade Kevin Hayes To Jets, Adam McQuaid To Blue Jackets

Rangers Trade Kevin Hayes To Jets, Adam McQuaid To Blue Jackets

On Monday, the team started the day by trading Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets.

The Winnipeg Jets have acquired centre Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Brendan Lemieux, a 2019 first-round draft pick and a conditional draft pick.

The 26-year-old Hayes has 14 goals and 42 points in 51 games this season.

Winnipeg brought Paul Stastny in at the trade deadline a year ago before making it all the way to the Western Conference Final and are likely looking for a similar effect with Hayes.

Lemieux, 22, is a son of longtime National Hockey League player Claude Lemieux. Lemieux is the son of former Devils player Claude, who won a Stanley Cup in New Jersey in 1995.

In Hayes, Winnipeg gets a big, strong center who saw his role expand in a big way for NY this season - and proved to be up to the task.

It's another step forward in the Rangers' rebuild. He has two goals and eight assists in 34 playoff games with the Rangers. Hayes is the latest Ranger to be dealt, with forward Mats Zuccarello going from the Rangers to the Dallas Stars over the weekend.

The Rangers now have two first-round picks for 2019, and five picks over the first two rounds.

Following the Hayes deal, TSN Senior Hockey Writer Frank Seravalli reports the Rangers have signed forward Boo Nieves to a one-year, $700,000 deal. If Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup this season, that second-round pick will become a first-round pick.

He has 11 points on the power play and has logged a career-high 19 minutes 27 seconds of ice time, a notable jump from last season's 17:21, Hayes' previous high.

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