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Panthers avoid arbitration with Hayes, who gets one-year deal

Jul 29, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

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Despite an earlier report that an arbitration hearing was likely to be necessary, the Florida Panthers and forward Jimmy Hayes have apparently agreed on a one-year, one-way contract.

Hayes had 11 goals and seven assists in 53 games for the Panthers last season. The 24-year-old was traded to Florida from Chicago in November.

Hayes’ new deal with the Panthers has yet to be formally announced, but his brother, Kevin, tweeted the following this morning:

Update: Confirmed.

  1. esracerx46 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Rubs a little salt in the wound coming from Kevin.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      And perhaps ups their chances of signing his brother. Hmmmmm, wonder if it might be a bit easier to crack the Pather’s lineup than the ‘hawks?

      If so, I can imagine a heckler/signer behind the panthers bench at the madhouse reminding him that he was not good enough to make it with the multi-year SC contender;))

      • tc634 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Highly unlikely. Florida is stacked with forwards and is currently in surplus in NHL-proven forwards. Kevin would not crack their NHL lineup, though the possibility of his playing in the AHL for the rampage is worth consideration for Tallon. Even so, guys like Vincent Trochek and Drew Shore would be called up before him. Their 4 lines are going to be considerably better next season.

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