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New York Rangers send Hayes to Winnipeg Jets

The "Jefe" Beck

The New York Rangers sent center Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets for Brendan Lemieux, a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft and a conditional selection.

Hayes has 14 goals and 28 assists in 51 games this season, is 26 years old and becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. The conditional pick only goes to New York if Winnipeg wins the Cup this spring.

Hayes has 216 points (87 goals, 129 assists) in 361 career NHL games and has added two goals and eight assists in 34 career playoff games.

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22 year old Brendan Lemieux has nine goals and 2 assists in 44 games this season for Winnipeg and added a goal in nine outings in 2017-18.

This is the 2nd year in a row the Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has made trades prior to the deadline. They dealt for Paul Stastny from the Blues last year but would end their season with a five-game loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final. Stastny then signed with Vegas over the summer.

The Rangers also sent forward Mats Zuccarello to Dallas for conditional second- and third-round picks.

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