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Agent: Hayes ‘identified’ himself as ‘Hawk, but unlikely to sign

Jul 29, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

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It sounds like the Kevin Hayes era in Chicago is over — before it ever really got started.

Hayes, Chicago’s first-round pick (24th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is unlikely to sign with the Blackhawks prior to his Aug. 16 deadline, at which time he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

Claiming the decision is “nothing against the Blackhawks,” agent Robert Murray said the choice to pass on the Windy City was tough for Hayes.

“This has been a difficult decision for Kevin,” Murray said, per ESPN Chicago. “He’s identified himself with the Blackhawks. He was drafted by them. His brother [Jimmy] played for them.

“But after his college career, he had a chance to step back and look at everything.”

Hayes, 22, is coming off a tremendous final season at Boston College, finishing third in the country in scoring while capturing the 2014 Beanpot MVP. But he was also a fourth-year senior, and one of the biggest players in the country (the BC website lists him at 6-foot-4, 216 pounds.)

As such, there’s varying opinions of how effective he’ll be as an NHLer, which could be why he’s looking somewhere other than Chicago to begin his career. It’s no secret the ‘Hawks are stacked; they’ve traded away a number of good young forwards that couldn’t get a regular chance to play in the top six, like Brandon Pirri and, as Murray mentioned above, Kevin’s older brother Jimmy.

The elder Hayes was sent packing to Florida this season as part of the Kris Versteeg trade and, upon moving to the Panthers, scored 11 goals and 18 points in 53 games before inking a one-year, $950,000 extension on Tuesday.

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Report: Rangers eyeing unsigned ‘Hawks prospect Hayes

Columnist says Bruins should target Kevin Hayes

  1. sumkat - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Is it me, or did you just copy and paste 90% of this article, put the paragraphs in different order, and hope nobody would notice?

    at least don’t like the article you are copying verbatim

    • dchambers144 - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      Add to that the several grammatical errors and it is even funnier.
      – “But he was also one of a fourth-year senior”
      – “As such, there’s varying opinions of how effect he’ll be as an NHLer”

      • Mike Halford - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        Wow, I’m knocking this post outta the park.

  2. bodallasss - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    I would love for this kid to sign with the rangers. Its not entirely impossible either if I’m not mistaken? Wherever he signs its gonna have to be an entry level deal around $900,000 right?

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      The Rangers are too stacked for him too.

    • rmccleary97 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Correct; it’ll be a 2-year deal and he’ll get the maximum $900,000 NHL salary. The question is what he gets for performance bonuses (which he’s also eligible for). Clearly $ aren’t an issue for the Blackhawks, but Hayes getting the opportunity to play in the NHL quickly is – so that narrows the list of contending teams some.

      • vegarover - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        The max on entry level deals are $925K.

  3. statsdolie - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I’m pretty sure there are 29 different fan bases that would like to have this kid on their roster

  4. lightning79 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Isn’t this the guy who got drunk and took a dump in a the middle of a campus stairwell and got suspended for it?

    • cliffatola - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      I never knew why he got suspended but yeah that would do it.

  5. tlndma - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    22 seems about the right age for a senior in college. There were 5 players on his own team as old. I would think most seniors in D1 college hockey are at least this old.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Most freshman come in at 20, 21 or 22 in college whether it’s D1 or D3, the freshman straight out of high school is incredibly rare nowadays.

    • vegarover - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Actually Hayes was 21 his senior year. He didn’t turn 22 until the season was over. Since it is very rare for players to go to the NCAA straight out of HS, Hayes was actually one of the younger seniors in college hockey.

  6. jpat2424 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Later days B!tch

  7. terrier92 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    I would be interested to see authors source for comment “one of the oldest players in college hockey.

    Lazy journalism.

    • Mike Halford - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:14 AM

      That’s fair — it was a blanket statement but not entirely accurate. I’ve reflected it to change and illustrate that he was a fourth-year senior last season.

      • avscup - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        Fair reply. 22 is pretty young for a fourth year senior in hockey.

  8. tross16 - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Please sign with the devils! But I kind of want to see an all ex hawks like with pirri flanked by the two Hayes brothers on fl second or third line…

  9. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 30, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    It makes sense for him not to sign just because of CHI’s depth. The ball will be on his court and gives him the chance to be wooed.

    • rosloe62 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Shouldn’t Kevin have confidence in his ability to make the Hawks as a starter because he thinks he’s good enough? Isn’t that why you draft and pay players big money? What team wants a player that doesn’t think he’s the best at what he does! Plus, don’t great players want to be the best on the best team.

      • vegarover - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        He does have confidence in his ability, that’s why he wants to sign somewhere else where he thinks he will play. Pirri was the leading scorer in the AHL the previous year and couldn’t break the Hawks lineup. And Teravainen who many think is the top-NHL prospect right now will probably start the season in Rockford.

        Besides, if Hayes wanted to play for the best team, he’d choose the LA Kings.

  10. beergold - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    I’m thinking the Leafs should take a swing at this guy! Big and strong and good in front of the net where so many Leafs fear to go.

  11. terrier92 - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Mike lazy might have been to tough a word choice. College hockey has changed for the worse in terms of when kids enter programs. 20 year old freshman are the norm. Great for coaches not so great for average kid who graduates and is already two to three years behind his peer group in real world job search. Sadly that horse has left the barn. No longer are college athletics an a part of the college experience. For a lot of D1 athletes today it is the vast majority of the experience. Oh well

  12. bullwinkle88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    It seems as though this kid is looking to find a team that is not stacked with stars and will afford him with an big opportunity to become one himself. Plus have plenty of $.

    The perfect description of the Buffalo Sabres.

  13. rosloe62 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Hayes needs to go to a team where he is the big fish in a small pond. If he was really as talented as he thinks, the Hawks offer a chance to win every year for the next several years. Obviously he’s not as talented as he thinks and doesn’t think he has a chance to crack the Hawks line up. Good luck Kevin, have fun losing. Hawks get a second round pick back, they are better off saving the money and drafting again.

  14. flyerspsu - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Hawks will probably trade his rights now that they couldnt sign him, will probably also ask for a 1st round pick, might only get a second, but either way you’re gonna have to give up some value to get this guy

  15. tross16 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Hahaha trade a first round pick to get his rights? I hope to god you are joking or have some kind if mental health issue because that was the dumbest comment I’ve seen on this app haha your an idiot dude. Every team in the NHL knows he doesn’t wanna sign, the hawks have zero leverage to trade the guys rights they will let him walk and take the compensation pick it’s not that hard to understand dude

  16. matthews4 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I understand there is significant interest from the Bruins. Seems like he is more their type of player, it does not hurt he was born and raised there. they need more right wings. I would trade Maybe a Caron or one of the excess defense-man in a package deal.

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