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Bruins trade Reilly Smith, Marc Savard contract to Panthers for Jimmy Hayes

DJ Bean
July 01, 2015 - 2:11 pm
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The Bruins have traded Reilly Smith and Marc Savard's contract to the Panthers for the rights to restricted free agent Jimmy Hayes. The trade was first reported by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. The move swapped out Smith, a 24-year-old left shot right wing, for a right-shot right wing in the 25-year-old Hayes. It also freed up space for Boston to sign former Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey, which it did shortly after. A native of Dorchester and product of Boston College, Hayes scored a career-high 19 goals for the Panthers last season, adding 16 assists for 35 points in 72 games. He is the brother of Rangers forward Kevin Hayes and the cousin of Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald. In acquiring Savard's contract, the Panthers will be able to easily sit above the cap floor without having to spend a lot of money. Savard's contract carries a $4.027 million cap hit for each of the next seasons, but his salary in those years is only $535,000. Savard has not played since the 2010-11 season, as his playing days are done due to multiple concussions.