Report: Panthers, Hayes likely headed to arbitration hearing

Jul 26, 5:11 PM

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Forward Jimmy Hayes remains the Florida Panthers' lone restricted free agent, and according to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel, the two sides are expected to settle at an arbitration hearing on July 29 after failing to reach an agreement thus far.

Hayes, 24, appeared in 53 games for the Panthers in 2013-14 after being acquired via trade from the Chicago Blackhawks. As Fialkov notes, Hayes was generally deployed on the team's fourth line, but "was most effective when former interim coach Peter Horachek placed the 6-6 Hayes in front of the net on the team's second power-play unit where he blocked the goalie's view and cleaned up rebounds."

Hayes scored 11 goals (three on the power play) and added seven assists for the Panthers on the final year of an entry-level contract that carried a $687,500 NHL salary.

Jul 29, 1:23 PM

Panthers agree to terms with Jimmy Hayes on 1-year, $925K contract

Jul 29, 1:23 PM

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The Florida Panthers officially announced that the club agreed to terms on a one-year deal with forward Jimmy Hayes.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Jimmy,” said general manager Dale Tallon. “We look forward to his continued contributions to our team both on and off the ice.”

As per Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel, Hayes will receive $925,000 on a one-way contract this season, according to a team source.

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Jul 29, 10:14 AM

Report: Panthers, Jimmy Hayes avoid arbitration; agree to terms on 1-year, 1-way contract

Jul 29, 10:14 AM

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The Florida Panthers and forward Jimmy Hayes appear to have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a new deal in advance of their scheduled hearing on Tuesday.

Hayes' brother, Kevin - whose own contract status remains in limbo - took to Twitter to offer his congratulations.

Terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

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