One of the first big moves Don Sweeney made after being hired as Boston Bruins general manager was acquiring Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract. Shortly after the trade, Sweeney signed Hayes to a three-year, $6.9 million dollar deal.
Hayes’ contract will be bought on the two-year anniversary of that trade as the Bruins have placed the 27-year-old winger on unconditional waivers today, as first reported by Elliotte Friedman. Once he clears, he will be paid to find a new deal elsewhere.
The Boston native had 13 goals and 29 points while appearing in 75 games in his first season with the Bruins. Hayes had a miserable 2016-17 with just two goals and five points in 58 games and hardly dressed during the stretch run towards a playoff spot.
The buyout will save the Bruins around $900,000 in cap space over the next two seasons and it will also save Bruins fans from a ton of frustration this year.