Bruins place Jimmy Hayes on waivers for buyout purposes
Two years ago, he was realizing a dream of playing for his hometown team. A frustrating two years later, his career in Boston is coming to an end.
On Friday, one day before the start of free agency frenzy, former Boston College standout and Dorchester native Jimmy Hayes was placed on waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.
Hayes, who came over in a trade with the Panthers two years ago in exchange for Reilly Smith – one of the three pieces the Bruins acquired in the Tyler Seguin trade – and Marc Savard’s contract, was scheduled to make $2.6 million in 2017-18. According to Cap Friendly, Hayes’ cap hit will stand at a little over $566,000 in 2017-18 and north of $866,000 in 2018-19. Following the transaction, the Bruins will have about $14 million of projected cap space entering the first day of free agency.
To say Hayes’ tenure in Boston was uneventful is an understatement. In 133 games, the 6-foot-6 forward tallied 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) and became a regular in the Level 9 press box late in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. For comparisons sake, Hayes tallied a career high 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) with the Panthers in 2014-15.
Hayes did have one career highlight with the Black and Gold. That came on December 29, 2015 where he tallied his first career hat trick against the Ottawa Senators. The rest of his tenure was filled with inconsistent and uninspiring play as seen with his 35-game goal drought between February and November of 2016.
With Joe Morrow not returning to the club next year, Matt Fraser out of the NHL and Loui Eriksson now in Vancouver, the Bruins have nothing left to show in the Seguin trade, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary on July 4. The Bruins are still trying to find their mojo from their 2011 and 2013 Cup runs, while Seguin is thriving in Dallas.