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Kevin Hayes narrowing list of teams

Aug 17, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

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Ever since Kevin Hayes became an unrestricted free agent on Friday at midnight, he’s been the hottest commodity on the open market.

Chalk it up to the dog days of summer, but Hayes, a Chicago Blackhawks first-round selection from the 2010 NHL Draft, has been all over the hockey headlines the past 48 hours.

Teams rumored to be interested in Hayes’ services include the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers.

The latest update on the forward comes from Mark Divver at The Providence Journal:

Chicago had until Friday to sign Hayes who spent the past four seasons at Boston College where last season he scored 27 goals and 65 points in 48 games.

Since the Blackhawks were unable to come to terms with Hayes, they received a compensatory pick (54th overall) for next year’s draft.

As Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun points out in his Sunday column nearly 200 players, who spent at least one game in the NHL last season, remain unsigned.

So with no professional experience, Hayes hardly seems the type of player who should be at the top of team’s must-sign list, if they’re in search of immediate help. Hayes is unlikely to have a significant impact this season.

Though Hayes, 22, had a decent showing last season playing NCAA Div. 1, he likely needs some seasoning in the AHL before making any kind of mark at the NHL level.

Chances are whichever team signs him, will give the Massachusetts a native a look at training camp before allowing him to get some big minutes at the AHL level.

Related: Flames GM ‘can’t talk about’ rumored interest in Hayes

  1. quinner17 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Flames make most sense, but who really knows where he is going other then him

  2. vstar1us - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Wild step up

    • lordfletcher - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      zero promise or much chance of getting a roster spot… makes no sense for him to come to MN when he can get top 6 mins elsewhere.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Boston and NY obvious suitors.

  4. jpat2424 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Who gives a Sh!t

  5. btlpper68 - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Doug Wilson make changes bring in youth

  6. djshnooks - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    If Buffalo is looking to sign someone, it’s the kid and he’s right at the top of their list.

  7. McFaddensPulledHammy - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I don’t usually wish ill will on anyone, but I really hope this entitled POS never makes it to the NHL level. He’s done nothing and thinks he should get a guaranteed roster spot.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Sure. How horrible of him to try to find the best situation for him and to get to decide where he wants to work. I’m sure it is the same in your profession. A company had a monopoly on your services and you moved to that city to work and felt lucky for the opportunity….oh, that didn’t happen?

    • btlpper68 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      He never said anything about a Roster spot he just wanted a chance

  8. esracerx46 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Read somewhere Colorado and Nashville were also frontrunners. If he wants to play in the show this year, Nashville makes sense.

  9. jpat2424 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Lions shut you pie hole

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      What???????????

  10. jkaflagg - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    What is the story on why he would not sign in Chicago ? Seeing as how the Hawks and Kings are pretty much the gold standard in the league at this time, it would seem that a chance to join one of them would be pretty sweet, even it it meant you knew you had to battle hard to make it…..

    • bluesdroogie - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      did not have a chance to crack the lineup as Chicago has depth

    • bluesdroogie - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      also his brother was traded to florida by Chicago so maybe there is some bitter feelings there. I think he might want to play with his brother

      • arlingtonrob - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        Then by all means, go rot in Florida so you can hang with big brother. We all know playing for the Panthers is always a smart career move.

        The Hawks gave Jimmy Hayes every chance to prove himself, but mediocrity wasn’t enough to win a roster spot, let alone quality ice time.

        The Hawks are now free of the Hayes brothers and can move forward.

      • jkaflagg - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Thanks for the update….understand a player has to decide for himself what’s best for his career, but…..when a guy turns down the chance to compete and play with the best, you have to wonder about his motivation. Some guys just want to take the easy path and play somewhere in the league…..others want to win a Cup and aren’t afraid to compete and earn it.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Oh you mean that Jimmy Hayes who scored 11 of Florida’s 196 goals in 57 games after being traded to Florida? Yeah clearly he is going to rot in Florida when they do have a bunch of good prospects just getting into the league.

  11. puckluckpost - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Bruins will sign him. He’s a Boston kid.

  12. wjarvis - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    He’s not going to sign with a team that is supposed to be good next year, for the same reason he didn’t sign with the Hawks. He’s going to get the same contract anywhere he plays which gives him 900k if he makes an NHL roster and 70k if he’s in the AHL. Therefore, it makes the most sense for him financially to sign on a team where he has the best shot of making the roster.

  13. ray2013 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    I hope he wins the Calder when he makes it to the NHL. I really don’t get it why people get so bitter when a prospect ends up in the NHL. He does not have to sign. He followed the rules. Now he gets to pick the spot that is the best for him and his future career. It surprises me that more players don’t try this.

  14. illogic87 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    I cant see anyone wanting to sign with the blackhawks now that they have 20 mil in salary cap tied up with two overrated players.

  15. creamyhamstrings - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Rangers.

  16. pastabelly - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    He will stay home in Boston.

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