3 Potential Trade Destinations for Philadelphia Flyers' Kevin Hayes

Now that the NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone. We will look at players that could be on the move this offseason. The Philadelphia Flyers have had a terrible season. If their front office changes are any indication of the team's direction, they are rolling into a lengthy rebuild. At the 2022-23 NHL trade deadline, there were a lot of questions as to how they managed to make no significant trades to help guide the club into that rebuild. As a result, there should be a ton of movement this offseason, so let's start with Kevin Hayes.

Columbus Blue Jackets 

The Columbus Blue Jackets also have had a terrible season, but they have a core that can compete. Ahead of the trade deadline, there were rumors of the Blue Jackets being the front-runner for Hayes. Hayes would fit in their top six nicely. He can play center alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Patrick Laine, which can round out their top six. They also will be in the top 10 at the NHL Draft, so they can truly turn around their future with a few moves this offseason.

Minnesota Wild 

The Minnesota Wild are a sleeper pick for Kevin Hayes this offseason. They will be a team that is close to the salary cap for the next number of seasons. So, they will want to take advantage of rebuilding teams selling their players. The Wild do have prospects that may interest the Flyers, as well as some roster players. Although the asking price won't be through the roof, it'll still cost assets especially to get them to potentially retain cap. 

Colorado Avalanche

The defending Stanley Cup Champions; the Colorado Avalanche, are still an elite team in the NHL. However, they seem to miss Nazem Kadri, and what he could bring to their top six. Well, Hayes may be an option for them. They have the assets to move to get him, and he could slot into the second-line center role. The Avalanche tried to replace Kadri with Evan Rodrigues and although he has done well, he isn't on the same level as Kadri or Hayes. They are most likely another sleep pick to acquire him, but if they want to stay competitive for the future, they need to find a center on the second line.

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