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Columnist says Bruins should target Kevin Hayes

Jul 19, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks still have time to sign 2010 first-rounder Kevin Hayes to a deal, but more than a few signs point to him eventually finding a deal elsewhere once his rights expire on August 15.

Reports already pointed to the New York Rangers being interested in the big forward, but’s Joe Haggerty believes that the Boston Bruins should keep an eye on him, too.

For Haggerty, the most obvious draw might be the potential value that the 21-year-old Boston College alum could be bring:

The most attractive part about Hayes to the Bruins, beyond being a right-winger, and size/skill: the cost. As an NCAA free agent, Hayes would still need to agree to an entry level deal, and his maximum cap hit would be a team-friendly $900,000, along with any bonus money agreed to in the contract. It would essentially be like putting one of their own homegrown rookies into the lineup with minimal cost. There’s also the chance they could have a legit NHL player, based on his first-round ability and production at Boston College.

Along with the Rangers and possibly the Bruins, Haggerty notes other potential bidders such as the Calgary Flames (exec Brian Burke is fond of NCAA talent) and Florida Panthers (employers of his brother Jimmy Hayes). Those two teams would, on paper, provide less of a challenge for Kevin Hayes to make more of an immediate NHL impact, yet the money likely being more-or-less equal could score points in favor of a potential contender like Boston.

Of course, it would be foolish to count out Chicago altogether, even if they’ve failed to sign him after drafting Hayes 24th overall in 2010. Still, as this post details, he’d likely face a tougher climb to prominent NHL minutes and opportunities in the Windy City.

It all stacks up to be an interesting situation to follow if he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks by August 15. While we wait, we can enjoy his occasional Instagram offerings, like this adorable video in which he uses his niece … as a prop gun?

(H/T to the Score on that one.)


  1. quinner17 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    He would look GREAT in a Flames jersey

    • arlingtonrob - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      I predict he’d be a bum in a Flames sweater, and you guys have enought of them already.

      So good luck with that…

  2. habeebhajaba - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Just as an FYI to the author and editor of this article, the baby in the Instagram video is Kevin’s niece, not his son. He tweets about his niece all the time and the voice in the background can clearly be heard saying, “She loves it.” I don’t know where you got that Kevin had a son but you may want to fix that and double-check what you’re writing.

    As for where he ends up, I would love to see him in a Bruins jersey, but as a BC season ticket holder I wouldn’t mind seeing him playing in Calgary and seeing the Hayes-Arnold-Gaudreau line reunite and see what they can do together at the NHL level. They were one of the better lines in recent college hockey history and to see them make the journey together in the NHL would be something special.

    • James O'Brien - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Thanks for the clarification, will fix.

  3. drewsylvania - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Haggerty? Ugh. Another in the long list of terrible Boston writers.

  4. lowenni - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Teams interested in power forward who can score goals. Shocking! One reporter even says a team should target the most sought after type of player in NHL.

    Really, I don’t want to hear any more about this Hayes kid until he signs somewhere, I don’t know what his problem is with the Hawks, but I expect it’s that he knows he’s not as good as he’s made out to be and wouldn’t crack their roster for another year or two.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      Pretty much. His deal is pretty much set in stone. It would be a max 2 year 900k 2 way deal. I think he can play in the NHL and be OK right now. The problem is the Blackhawks organizational depth would relegate him to Rockford. Making about 810,00 leas than in the NHL. Pretty significant chunk of change. Can’t fault him as much as I dislike it as a Hawks fan. If the Hawks can free up a winger position (Versteeg or Bickell) I think he signs. But I think he walks. Hawks have offered what is allowed. Stan Bowman has said its all up to him. The contract has been on the table since the day he finished school. Nothing else to negotiate.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    If he comes here how long until Haggerty starts railroading him to get out of town for some made up nonsense?

  6. arlingtonrob - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Work out a deal?!?!

    There are no formal talks with the Blackhawks. Hayes is a goner and the Hawks will be taking the compensatory second round pick.

    No lose…it took Johnny Gaudreau to make him respectable in his 4th year at BC.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      He was at a point a game pace last year before having to undergo emergency surgery in his thigh where he nearly lost his whole leg. Give the kid some credit. His first years at BC were marred by some immaturity issues. I believe one was he was drunk and naked and crapped in a stairwell and walked home wearing a garbage bag. Google Kevin Hayes poopgate.

      • arlingtonrob - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Well aware of his “incident”…and I do recall his injury. I still doubt his future as an NHL’r.

      • esracerx46 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        OK. Well to think his numbers were inflated by Gaudreau is a fallacy. The line of Gaudreau Arnold Hayes wasn’t assembled until halfway through the year. Hayes had been the 2lc for BC before he was put on wing. He was the second leading point getter before and after being put on that line. He can play NHL hockey someday and be a good player. Maybe not all star. But a very solid power forward type

  7. djshnooks - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Tim Murray specifically mentioned him during his post-development-camp press conference. He fits the mold really well.

    I doubt it happens, but he mentioned him.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      If he did mention his name. I’m pretty sure that’s tampering.

  8. terrier92 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Haggerty is a dope. No one in Boston takes his comments seriously. Just another hack filling space.

  9. djshnooks - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Didn’t mention him by name, just that…”there’s a kid in Chicago and they need to figure out what they’re gonna do.”

    Sounds like he’s called them already.

    Talking about a player isn’t tampering, talking to the player about coming there is.

  10. bruinsrocku - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    What’s with the Haggs bashing.. isn’t that the guys job.. you know, report/comment on anything potentially related to the team he covers…? Having been too busy to follow as much as I’d like these days, I wasn’t even aware of Hayes’ situation in Chi.. Thanks to Haggs,, I’ll probably keep one eye on how it pans out now.. considering the Bruins current depth @ RW, how could anyone not comment on the potential to add some depth there..

    • bildomatic - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Haggs is an asshat

  11. hockeyfan117 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Its extremely unlikely Hayes signs w the Hawks. Just like others have reported the deals been on the table since Hayes was done at BC and he has yet to sign. Hayes is currently ranked as the Hawks 11 best prospect according to Hockey Futures. So I don’t know if he’s a “prized” prospect. He was a 1st rounder 4 years ago.

    The Hawks are 2+ million over the cap and might deal Hayes rights and a roster player to get under the cap.

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