Jimmy Hayes

Morning Skate: Coach Trotz to Caps: Quit the self-pity

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Morning Skate: Coach Trotz to Caps: Quit the self-pity

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while another Bruins preseason is officially in the books.

*PHT has Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz urging the Washington Capitals to quit the self-pity routine after their latest playoff disappointment.

*It looks like Jimmy Hayes will continue to keep the NHL dream alive after reportedly signing a one-year deal for $700,000 with the New Jersey Devils after a tryout in camp. Maybe the contract situation will make him a hungrier player in Jersey than he was in Boston, but I’ll need to see it to believe it.

*PHT writer Adam Gretz has the details on former NBC play-by-play man and current Dallas Stars announcer Dave Strader passing away at 62 after a long battle with cancer. Strader was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and the consummate professional when it came to his work in the hockey booth. My condolences to the Strader family that Dave was very much devoted to during his career.

*Jaromir Jagr is most definitely a beauty with this tweet as it looks like he may get an NHL gig after all this season. Who knew Jagr was a cat guy?

*Are the San Jose Sharks going to be able to muster enough for one last run at the Stanley Cup this season?

*For something completely different: The wild and crazy details inside the largest private home in America.

 

 
 

Jimmy Hayes to attend Devils camp on PTO

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Jimmy Hayes to attend Devils camp on PTO

Jimmy Hayes isn't waiting around any longer. 

With no contract in hand after his buyout from the Bruins, the veteran wing has agreed to a professional tryout with the Devils. The move is a wise one on Hayes' part, as his struggles during his two seasons in Boston were exacerbated by diminished minutes and healthy scratches. The Devils, who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, will provide fewer obstacles when it comes to cracking the roster. 

Hayes' best season came in 2014-15, when he scored a career-high 19 goals for the Panthers. He was dealt to the Bruins that offseason in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard, and though he finished his first season in Boston with 13 goals, he scored just two goals over 58 games last season. He had one year remaining on a three-year, $6.9 million contract when the B's bought him out. Boston will pay $566,667 in dead money against the cap this season and $866,667 in 2018-19.

Bean: Hayes' handling of Felger makes Price look even worse

Bean: Hayes' handling of Felger makes Price look even worse

Jimmy Hayes and David Price both had the opportunity to confront media members recently. The guy with nothing to lose somehow handled it significantly better than the highly paid superstar. 

According to Michael Felger, Hayes, fresh off being bought out of his Bruins contract this summer, approached him in Nantucket over the weekend, handed him a beer and then lit into him, as the Dorchester native was what Felger called “really unhappy” with Felger and Mazz for some shots he felt were too personal. 

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Now, we shouldn’t need to get into how Hayes should feel about the local media vs. how Price should feel, but here’s a reminder of each’s situation: Hayes is a local kid who was billed as something he wasn’t. No one expected things to go as poorly as they did, but they did and it was ugly. 

Price, on the other hand, was a highly touted free agent signing who had a good first year in Boston and, after injury delayed the start of his 2017, has been good on the field and pissy as hell off it. He’s yelled at two media members in the name of being a good teammate, most recently when he went after Dennis Eckersley on the team plane. 

Worst-case scenario, Hayes’ days an NHL regular could be over. Price remains in the midst of a prolific career and is making $30 million this season. There’s no question of who’s had it worse. 

So when you see how each handled the situation -- and even consider that alcohol was involved in what was the more civil case -- Price’s treatment of Eckersley (according to Dan Shaughnessy’s report) looks even worse. 

With the media, Hayes is polite, yet soft-spoken. In the setting in which he found himself with one of his biggest critics, he didn’t need to be. He could have tried to embarrass Felger, as Price did by mocking Eckerlsey in front of an airplane full of people. 

Instead, Hayes gave Felger a piece of his mind and the two moved on. Hayes doesn’t need to worry about Felger given that he’s not playing here anymore, but he got to make Felger answer for any perceived low blows. 

Felger was more critical of Hayes than Eckersley is of the Red Sox. In fact, Paula Abdul was often more critical of Idol contestants than Eckersley is of the Red Sox. That the players apparently hate him is perplexing, as they’re the only ones who think he comes off as malicious. 

Confrontations between players and media members certainly happen throughout the course of a season, though they typically follow a more standard format: Player says something to reporter because he doesn’t like their story or question, uncomfortable exchange takes place and, often times, apologies are given when cooler heads have prevailed. 

Yet there’s been no apology to Eckersley from Price, and there’s little reason to believe cooler heads will prevail as it relates to Price’s attitude toward the media. Hayes’ handling of his confrontation said something about his character; Price’s confrontations are only serving to build a unnecessarily negative reputation.