Report: Trade talks intensify between Flames and Rangers

Here we go! Let the games begin!

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Credit Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin and Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka with creating an absolute beehive of activity around the NHL the past few days. Since Bergevin and Chayka hooked up on a deal that saw young forwards Max Domi and Alex Galchenyuk change localities, the NHL trade market seems to have picked up with daily reports about offers and potential deals.

The latest report comes courtesy of New York Rangers insider Larry Brooks of the New York Post who reports that the Rangers may be looking to make a move with 26 year old forward Kevin Hayes.

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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.

In particular Brooks links Hayes and the Rangers to the Calgary Flames in a potential deal:

The Rangers don’t seem keen on including Hayes in a deal to move up a few spots in the first round. The inference is that if he’s moved, it would be as the centerpiece as a deal to add a righty defenseman. Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba seems out of reach, but the Flames could be make for an interesting match. There seems to be little interest in dealing for Dougie Hamilton, but, and we have made this point before, the Blueshirts might be able to get Adam Fox, the Harvard defenseman who paired with lefty prospect Ryan Lindgren for Team USA at the past two World Junior tournaments.

In response, Rangers fans have hopped on board Brooks’ narrative and have suggested that the two teams could make a deal that includes not only Hayes and defenseman Adam Fox from the Flames, but forward Sam Bennett, as well.

Of course, this is all just speculation at this time. But, a Hayes/Bennett swap certainly makes a lot of sense on paper.