NHL Rumors: Flyers, Blue Jackets Engaged In More Trade Talks

The Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets engaged in a big three-team swap earlier this week, but it appears that the two front offices are still burning up the phone lines with each other. 

Revisiting earlier trade talks, a report has the Flyers and Jackets talking about a Kevin Hayes deal once again. 

The Ivan Provorov deal took center stage this week and was seen as a higher priority. But now, according to Flyers Insider Anthony Di Marco, Hayes' name has come back to the forefront, as Columbus is still interested in obtaining the veteran to fill a need at center. It all seems to hinge on the amount of Hayes' salary that the Flyers will retain. 

The 31-year-old has a massive cap hit of $7.142M with three years still to run on the contract. He posted 54 points (18 goals, 36 assists) this season in a career-high 81 games.  

Trade talk surrounding Hayes dates back to the trade deadline, but Flyers GM Daniel Briere hasn't given up on dealing him yet. 

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