With the 2018 NHL Entry Draft now less than a week away, trade talks around the NHL are picking up. The Montreal Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes shocked the hockey world with a late night trade on Friday evening that saw forwards underperforming forwards Max Domi and Alex Galchenyuk swap localities.
Now, according to a report from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, the New York Rangers may be looking to make a similar move with 26 year old forward Kevin Hayes.
In his latest article for The Post, Brooks says:
Chances are that if the Rangers make a substantial move leading into Friday’s first round of the entry draft in Dallas, it will involve Kevin Hayes. Multiple sources report the 26-year-old impending Group II free-agent center has attracted significant interest from around the league as general manager Jeff Gorton sifts through various scenarios both connected to and independent of improving the club’s ninth-overall position.
Interesting. Nothing appears imminent, but together with the 9th overall pick, Hayes could be an enticing package for another team within the top 10. Brooks mentions that the Rangers have had discussions with the Carolina Hurricanes, who hold the 2nd overall pick, but no word yet on whether or potential deal between the two clubs would feature Hayes or not.
The Blueshirts have talked with Carolina about moving up to second overall, where the team would jump all over right wing Andrei Svechnikov, but though the dynamic could change through the week, such a deal seems extremely unlikely.
If somehow, someway the Rangers could nab the 2nd overall selection from the Hurricanes, there's no doubt that they'd love to add top ranked Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Fat chance of that happening however, as newly minted Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell has made it clear that the intends on keeping his team's pick.
Of course, the Rangers are in the middle of a massive overhaul that began with the trade of longtime forward Derek Stepan at last year’s 2017 NHL Entry Draft then kicked into overdrive with the trade of captain Ryan McDonagh, and forwards J.T. Miller and Rick Nash at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline.