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Kevin Hayes is new to Flyers but already having an impact on teammates

Kevin Hayes is new to Flyers but already having an impact on teammates

Whenever a player begins the next chapter of their career with a new team, there is always a chance that they may come across a familiar face. Luckily, that's the case for Kevin Hayes.

It's the first time we're seeing Hayes on the ice with the Flyers. Normally during training camp, it takes some time to shake off the rust of the offseason and prepare for October — but doing that while also adjusting to a new team and city isn't typically an easy task for anyone.  

It doesn't seem like the case for the newly acquired center. Hayes is here and already looking to make an impact. His previous relationship with head coach Alain Vigneault has already helped him in the first days of camp.

"It's old stuff obviously with a new team," Hayes said Friday. "But with the same coach that I had my first four years, it's relieving to be able to get as comfortable with the coach as soon as possible."

This relationship is turning out to benefit those around the two as well.

As soon as I signed here, I was getting text messages from some of the players. I'm an older guy now — kind of. Try to help all the young guys, try to explain how quick the drills go from one drill to the other. He likes to keep it short but he likes to keep the pace up, so I try to tell everyone about that. It was fun.

The 27-year-old knows that he wants to do as much as he can on and off the ice to help his new team. He already has a leadership mentality in the locker room.

"When I was younger, I looked up to guys and I'm just trying to be that guy now," Hayes said.

It was no secret at the time of free agency this offseason, the Flyers wanted Hayes. Toward the end of the 2018-19 NHL season, one of Chuck Fletcher's first moves was to trade a 2019 fifth-round pick for the contractual rights to Hayes prior to July 1.

Later this summer, after Hayes' name was signed on the dotted line, a report by TSN's Frank Seravalli surfaced on Crossing Broad's "Snow the Goalie" podcast about the newest Flyer. He noted that Hayes ran into a current NHL player during the Stanley Cup Final and told him the only way he would sign with the Flyers is if they overpaid him.

The specific incident was not directly brought up to Hayes, but he certainly made the effort to touch on the matter.

Everyone knows July 1 is a big deal. Rumors came out about some stupid stuff but that's all in the past. Someone made up something and that's all I'm going to say about that.

There is still plenty of time before the start of the season to build chemistry on the ice with his teammates and grow into the veteran leader he hopes to become, but he is already in a good place.

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Former Flyers share their favorite all-time teammates

Former Flyers share their favorite all-time teammates

As my family has spent a great deal of time together at home the last few months, I found myself repeating the same thing (as parents often do) to my children, ages 9 and 11: Help out when you can, be a good teammate.

That led me down the path to ask a handful of former Flyers players this question: Who was your favorite teammate when you played in the NHL?

Chris Therien (Flyers defenseman, 1994-04, 2005-06)

"That's a good question and there was a lot of great ones. I roomed with John LeClair and played with a lot of really, really high-caliber guys that were high-caliber people, as well.

"I'm going to say, at the end of the day, Luke Richardson was the best teammate on the ice and probably the best teammate off the ice, as well. He had great leadership qualities. He knew team bonding. You understood the long season that guys deal with. He helped me keep the room light a lot of the time. Just an absolutely sensational human being.

"Easily a person I will never forget until the day I die because of those great qualities that he possessed as a friend, a teammate and a leader."

Rick Tocchet (Flyers right winger, 1984-92, 2000-02)

"Craig Berube is definitely one for me. Whether he played two minutes or 15 minutes, he always thought of the team. A very unselfish player and was an excellent leader even though sometimes he didn’t play a lot in some games. Kept the room loose and serious at the same time."

Brian Boucher (Flyers goalie, 1999-02, 2009-11, 2013)

Phantoms, 1997-98:


Neil Little

"The greatest guy I played with! This guy was always willing to lend a hand, advice, share a story and laugh. He was my first goalie partner in pro hockey and he set the bar incredibly high. To this day, he’s still helping me. He was responsible for getting me back to Philly from San Jose and also helped land a spot for my son Tyler to live in Plymouth, Michigan, by setting him up with his childhood buddy Chris Osgood while he’s playing for the U.S. national team development program. He’s the best!

"

Flyers, 1999-00
:

Mark Recchi

"As a rookie that year, Rex always made me feel welcome to dinners, golf and whatever else was going on. He always was generous too!

"

Rick Tocchet  

"Late addition to the team but had instant respect the minute we got him. He too like Rex always included me and made me feel like I had been a teammate for years. Extreme work ethic and showed me as a young guy how hard you have to work to be a pro.

"

Keith Jones

"Same as the other two guys. He was great to me. He always had a line for me the minute Beezer (former Flyers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck) gave up a goal. He’d say, 'Start stretching, kid!' He’s always been there for me. Even up to this day! Love Jonesy!

"

Later years:

Jody Shelley

"Played with Jody in Columbus, San Jose and Philly. Team guy! Great friend. Spent lots of time with him doing extra practice because we weren’t playing much."



Joe Thornton

"Never met a guy who loves being at the rink and being with the guys as much as Jumbo. He rarely had a bad day. Played with him in San Jose.
"

Bill Clement (Flyers center, 1971-75)

"Bernie Parent: He was never in a bad mood. All he did was smile and laugh and keep us loose. No matter how difficult certain situations seemed, he was the messenger that let me know life would go on and be better than it was yesterday. Maybe it was because he knew he could single-handedly control outcomes on the ice."

Keith Jones (Flyers right winger, 1998-00)

Craig Berube. Protected my [butt] on a game-to-game basis!”

Anything else made him a great teammate?

“Nothing!”

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Flyers sign prospect Linus Hogberg to entry-level contract

Flyers sign prospect Linus Hogberg to entry-level contract

One down, a few more to go?

The Flyers on Saturday signed prospect Linus Hogberg to an entry-level contract. The rights to Hogberg would have expired Monday if the Flyers didn't ink the 2016 fifth-round pick.

During 2019-20, Hogberg, a 21-year-old Swedish defenseman, had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) through 50 games with the Vaxjo Lakers playing against men in the SHL. The 6-foot-1, 176-pounder is regarded as a strong skater and intelligent passer.

Hogberg will start the 2020-21 season with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. The Phantoms are gaining on the blue line with prospects Egor Zamula and Wyatte Wylie turning pro, as well.

(Joe Siville/Philadelphia Flyers)

Lehigh Valley could be gaining more with Wyatt Kalynuk and David Bernhardt, who remain unsigned. Bernhardt, another Swedish defenseman, needs to be signed by Monday or his rights will expire. It's uncertain if the Flyers will ink the 2016 seventh-round pick.

It appears Kalynuk has decided to forgo his senior season at Wisconsin as he plans to turn pro in 2020-21.

Kalynuk is an offensive-minded defenseman who has developed a ton with the Badgers. His rights were set to expire next summer. Now that he is leaving Wisconsin, it would be surprising if he's not signed soon by the Flyers. If, for some reason, both sides don't agree to terms, Kalynuk can eventually become a free agent.

"Philly has had lots of people here and been very instrumental in his growth as a player," Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato said. "I think when they drafted him, they recognized out of the gate that this guy could be a big part of their organization moving forward. They’ve been hands on, they’ve been here a lot, they’ve done it respectfully in a way that they’ve helped him a ton in preparing to get ready for the next step.”

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