Hayden, 28, was last on the ice for Coachella Valley on February 4th, when he helped the Firebirds defeat the San Diego Gulls 4-0. That wrapped up a two-game stay in Coachella Valley before he headed back to the Kraken’s roster. He got into two games for coach Dave Hakstol, scoring a goal in the Kraken’s shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on February 14th.
This season, Hayden has been a priory call-up for the Kraken when they need a reliable veteran forward to fill a down-the-lineup roster spot. He’s scored two goals in five NHL games so far this year, and has nearly 250 total games of NHL experience.
Hayden has been more of a difference-maker in the AHL, helping the Firebirds to an exceptional season. Hayden has 25 points in 36 AHL games, and has scored at a healthy rate whenever he’s been in the AHL in his career. He’ll now head back to coach Dan Bylsma’s squad with the hope that he can continue to play a helpful role for the Firebirds while waiting for his next NHL opportunity.