5:31PM: The Blackhawks have announced that they could not come to terms with Hayes and he will be a UFA at midnight. (Chris Kuc)
- 5:38PM: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that they made a generous offer to Hayes but he felt it was in his best interest to become a free agent. (Chicago)
8/15/14 | 7:26AM: The Flames may pursue Hayes to reunite him with his former BC linemates Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold. (Calgary Sun)
The Rangers, Bruins and Panthers are listed as other teams who will pursue Hayes. (Calgary Sun)
8/14/14 | 12:57PM: Hays is likely to become a free agent at midnight on Saturday. (Chicago Trib)
Some are speculating that Hayes doesn’t want to sign with Chicago because of their depth at forward and lack of spots for young players. (Chicago Trib)
Hayes is expected to be much “sought after.” (Chicago Trib)
7/29/14 | 5:32PM: The agent for Kevin Hayes indicated today that the Boston College senior is is likely going to wait until August 16th, when his rights with the Blackhawks expire, and become a free agent. (ESPN Chicago)
The Rangers are believed to be one of the teams interested in signing Hayes when he becomes a free agent.
He is 6-3, 205 and spent two seasons as a teammate of Chris Kreider at Boston College. Hayes had 27 goals and 38 assists this past season for BC and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award. (NY Post)
Scouts feel that Hayes could step into the NHL next season and then develop into a top-six forward who has quick feet and a knack for the net. (SI)
His max cap hit, per the CBA, would be $900,000 but he could be eligible for performance bonuses that would take effect on the cap the following season. (SI)
The Panthers, Avs and Predators, among others, are expected to heavily pursue Hayes.