Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes had a few interesting things to say about his former team, New York Rangers.
Prior to his team’s 4-1 preseason victory over the New York Rangers, Kevin Hayes revealed a few interesting thoughts.
The Philadelphia Flyers forward seems to be fascinated with his former team. Hayes, never one to bite his tongue, feels as though the Rangers will come to regret trading him.
“It’ll come back to them,” Hayes said in relation to the Blueshirts trading both him and Jimmy Vesey, via Adam Kimelman of NHL.com.
Hayes, 27, tallied a goal on four shots in his team’s domination over the Rangers on Saturday night. What puzzled him most about Jeff Gorton’s recent moves is the locker room aspect. Where did all the good locker room guys go?
“They got rid of all the good guys — good locker room guys,” he added with a grin. “But that’s all right, we’ll see how it works out.
“I don’t even know half the team anymore, to be honest,” Hayes said. “Year 1 to Year 6, there’s [four] guys left.”
In the end, there are no hard feelings from Hayes. At least that’s what he’s claiming.
“I don’t know if they’re good steps or bad steps … but they’re steps, I guess,” said Hayes, who tallied a career-high 55 points last season. “No, I have no hard feelings towards them. I loved my time there.”
The Dorchester, MA native tallied 87 goals and 129 assists to go along with a +31 in 361 games on Broadway. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he put forth two goals and eight assists in 34 career games with New York.
After 20 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season, he enters a brand-new campaign with the Philadelphia Flyers. Oh yeah, he’s also entering the campaign with a familiar face looming over his shoulder: Alain Vigneault.
After one more preseason game, scheduled for Sept. 26, the two teams won’t meet until Dec. 23 of this year (in Philadelphia). Then, and only then, will we find out if the New York Rangers curse the day they traded away Kevin Hayes.