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There are a lot of words that can be used to describe Jimmy Hayes’ two years with the Boston Bruins and none of them are very flattering. We thought his 13 goal, 29 point output in 2015-16 was disappointing, but Hayes showed us a whole new meaning to ineptness with just two goals and five points in 58 games last season. For a player who is supposed to live at the front of the net to only have two goals is downright embarrassing.
Hayes went a total of nine months between points before he found the scoresheet on Thanksgiving weekend. Instead of providing the Bruins with secondary scoring and a physical presence, Hayes became a professional seat warmer in the press box down the stretch and did not suit up in any of the six postseason games versus the Ottawa Senators.
Even though Hayes appeared that putting in the work and effort on the ice wasn’t his thing, his greatest weakness might be between his ears. When things went bad for Hayes it killed his confidence and he was never able to pull himself out of his season long funk.
To make matters worse, Reilly Smith, who was given up to acquire Hayes, has 40 goals and 87 points in his two seasons with the Florida Panthers while Hayes put up just 15 goals and 34 points with the Bruins. This was a big swing and a miss for general manager Don Sweeney.
The Bruins bought out the final year of Hayes’ contract back on June 30, but he’ll still count against the cap in 2017-18 and the following season at $566,667 and $866,667.
How would you rate Jimmy Hayes’ 2016-17 performance?