June 19 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to a deal with forward Kevin Hayes, coming to terms before he was able to become a free agent.
The team announced that it signed Hayes to a seven-year contract with a salary of $7.14 million per season.
If a deal had not been completed Hayes would have become a free agent July 1.
The Flyers acquired the negotiating rights for Hayes from the Winnipeg Jets on June 3 in return for their fifth-round pick in this week's NHL draft.
Last season between the Jets and New York Rangers, Hayes scored 19 goals and had 36 assists for a career-high 55 points in 71 games.
Hayes was selected in the first-round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 24th pick.
Over five seasons in the league, Hayes has scored 92 goals with 37 assists.