Dreger’s latest on Kevin Hayes trade potential

Kevin Hayes seems likely to be dealt by the New York Rangers before the February 25 deadline, so what’s the latest on that front?

Darren Dreger had a Thursday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690.

At one point, during a discussion on what the Minnesota Wild in the wake of the Mikko Koivu injury news, Dreger shared his most recent information on Hayes.

“Before we did the segment here - so about 10 minutes ago - I checked in on Kevin Hayes and the New York Rangers, just to see where that’s at,” indicated Dreger. “Because he’s a pretty important piece to the New York Rangers. That deal might come right down to the end. Have a conversation with Hayes. Find out what he wants to do. Does he want to push for a playoff run, and ultimately the Stanley Cup as a rental, and then perhaps sign back with the New York Rangers.

“Kevin Hayes, to me, should be a player that Minnesota or a team like Winnipeg should be looking at. I mean, just everything he brings, I think he’d fit nicely in that conference.”

Hayes is on a one-year, $5.175 million contract, and he can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Wednesday evening, Bob McKenzie ruminated on the potential trade price for Hayes.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly