Bruins linked to brother of late Boston forward Jimmy Hayes

With the Boston Bruins firmly in control of first place not only in the Eastern Conference but in the National Hockey League as a whole, they’ve understandably got their sights on making a deep playoff run and eventually hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time since that legendary Final series against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. And while they’ve advanced to the championship round twice since then, they’ve come up short in heartbreaking fashion on both occasions. 

The good news is that the Bruins remain miles ahead of everyone else in the League. The bad news is that they’re facing a bit of adversity for the first time all year, having lost three straight games. With the NHL Trade Deadline approaching just over one month from now, what will team president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney be looking to do in order to ensure a lengthy postseason run? 

Could acquiring Boston College’s own Kevin Hayes from the rival Philadelphia Flyers be a possibility? According to NESN, it’s not out of the question. Take a look: 

“The Fourth Period’s Anthony Di Marco wondered whether the Bruins might have interest in bringing the local boy home.

Di Marco recently reported the Flyers are open to moving the 30-year-old, and if that happens, Di Marco pointed to the Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes as teams that could be interested.

The Flyers moving Hayes is far from a sure thing, though, because he has a potentially burdensome contract. Hayes is signed through the 2025-26 season with a bulky cap hit of $7.14 million, and he has a limited no-movement clause. According to Di Marco, the Flyers are willing to retain money, but that obviously would increase the demand for return in a deal.”

Kevin is also the younger brother of the late former Bruins right winger Jimmy Hayes, who tragically passed away in August of 2021.

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