Blues Rumors: NHL Insider Lists Kevin Hayes As Trade Candidate

According to NHL insider Frank Seravalli, there is growing speculation about St. Louis Blues center Kevin Hayes being a potential trade candidate.

Seravalli has placed Hayes at No. 15 on his trade watchlist, indicating significant interest in his possible availability.

The reasoning behind this speculation is Hayes' noticeable improvement in performance this season, which has elevated his value as a trade asset.

So far this season, the 31-year-old has scored nine goals and 19 total points across 39 games played.

Seravalli suggests that the Blues could make Hayes an attractive option in the trade market, particularly if they are open to retaining half of his substantial $7.14 million cap hit, which amounts to $3.57 million.

This strategic move could potentially lead to a beneficial return for the Blues, especially if a playoff-contending team is involved in the negotiations.

However, the situation comes with a unique challenge: Hayes possesses a 12-team no-trade clause, which could introduce complexities into any trade discussions.

Over his 10-year career, Hayes has amassed 164 goals and 405 total points across 673 games played.

The Blues' decision on whether to trade Hayes or retain him may also hinge on their playoff prospects as the March 8 trade deadline approaches.

If they find themselves in a secure playoff position, they may opt to hold onto Hayes to strengthen their roster for an impending postseason run.

Hayes is a former first-round pick (24th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports