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Blackhawks waiting on Hayes as signing deadline approaches

Jul 21, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

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The Kevin Hayes saga with the Chicago Blackhawks trudges on, but from the team’s perspective they’ve done all they can do.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman discussed the Boston College prospect’s situation with the team during the Blackhawks Convention during the weekend. As Brian Hedger at the Daily Herald shared,the ‘Hawks feel there’s nothing left to do but wait.

“We’re still waiting,” Bowman said. “Status quo from our end. We’ve been hopeful that they want to sign with us, and at this point (agent) Bob Murray might be in a better position on what they’re thinking, but we’re hopeful that he wants to be part of our organization.”

Hayes was taken 24th overall by Chicago in the 2010 NHL Draft and just completed his final year at Boston College. He has until August 15 to sign with Chicago or else he becomes a free agent. If being signed by the Blackhawks isn’t all that, apparently being able to sign where you want is.

Elliotte Friedman said in his final 30 Thoughts of the summer that Hayes may have his eye on signing with the Florida Panthers where his brother, Jimmy Hayes, is at. Pittsburgh may also be a possibility as that’s where his cousin, Tom Fitzgerald, is.

  1. tfilarski - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    what is this guys deal? is he upset his brother got traded? scared he isn’t good enough to get any playing time on a stanley cup caliber team?

    • hockey412 - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Who knows….either of those things could be true. But more power to him – it may be because I’m a Pens fan hoping the kid comes to town, but I’ve got no issue with him taking control of his career…truth is (and I’m not sure how Chicago fans skirt around this) that his brother was very talented but got stuck in the minors due to Chicago’s depth. Went to Fla, excelled….why WOULD Hayes want to do the same, when there are contenders that can use him now?

      I think what I like the most is that he finished his time in the collegiate program. Love it. The only issue I have is that he entered the draft in the first place (but I’m not an expert of what that entails). But no better advertising, I guess…worked for Schultz too.

  2. hockeyfan117 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    The deal is he wants to get paid the max contract the Hawks can offer is 900K due to the CBA. If he signs and doesn’t make the team he gets paid less money. If he signs with the Hawks there is a very good chance he will not make the Hawks roster because he’s not good enough and already behind a few players.

    So from a dollars and cents perspective it doesn’t make sense for him to sign w Chicago. He’s already 22 and looking for a NHL paycheck not a AHL paycheck.

    • garn53 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      You couldn’t have clarified it any better. Let us all just stop talking about him – unless you are a fan from another city then he may be your priority conversation.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Play with his brother… Or cousin… Or MAYBE, just maybe, he goes where he gets the most money and has the best odds at playing in the big boy league?

    Just a thought. You know, a rational one.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Well, except, it’s an entry-level contract so all interested teams are going to be offering him the same money.

      • wjarvis - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        That’s partially true, he’ll have the same contract, but he’ll get paid more on an NHL roster than in the AHL no matter where he signs. He has a much better chance of playing in the NHL this year if he doesn’t sign with the Hawks.

  4. rosloe62 - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Hayes knows he’s not a starter on the Hawks, and may never be one. I’m sure his agent is taking as much time as he can in hopes of gaining more interest from other teams. I think the Hawks are better off with the 2nd round draft pick and moving on. Have fun Jimmy on a losing team!

  5. enzod91 - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    he doesnt want to work for a spot in the NHL and he knows there are several NHL ready prospects that are above him in the Hawks organizational depth chart. He is an entitled punk that thinks he should be handed a spot in a championship caliber lineup without working for it. Hawks dont need divas like Kevin Hayes in their organization. He’s likely not signing with the Hawks so just quit with these “updates” until something actually happens

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. He’ll need to wait for Hossa, Kane, Saad, Sharp, Bickell, Shaw, Teravainen, and Morin to leave before getting a shot.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      Would you take a job that guarantees you no chance of promotion in the next few years?

      • cfos00 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        The counter to that would be if you’re good enough, your play would earn you a spot with the NHL club.

    • hockey412 - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      So here’s the kicker…why draft him if you don’t need him? Athletes have a shelf life…it’s not long. He’s going to get banged up whether he plays in the AHL or the NHL, and he’s got what…10 years if he’s lucky to make his money?

      So if you have some control over it, and your brother was just in Chicago and probably told him ‘look, there’s no way in, think about it’….would you exert some influence or just do as your told? Fans just always want the players to be “owned” even if they have some control.

      Would you rather make $60k/year, or have a real chance at $900k/year? Maybe it’s because he finished college that he can make the right choice.

      Entitled punk…..makes no sense.

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    There is another scenario folks have not mentioned, and unfortunately Bowman could not really comment on. Hawks are over the cap. They are likely going to get something for Versteeg and Rozival, and having shed Bollig already, that would open up a spot. But they probably want to give Versteeg the opportunity to show that with more recovery time from his ACl injury that he can still play and actually contribute.

    That would take at least some pre-season games.

  7. pastabelly - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    He will stay in Boston.

  8. tfilarski - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    do the hawks get any sort of compensation if he does not sign? or just basically a loss of a draft pick?

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