Buzz: Where college free agent Kevin Hayes could end up (Updates)

8:54PM: The Avs and Predators appear to be the top candidates for Hayes. (Haggerty)

7/21/14: 1:55PM: Florida may not be interested in Hayes and if not the favorites to sign him are the Bruins, where he is from, or the Penguins, where assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald is his cousin. Florida is/has been Hayes reported number one choice so that he could join his brother Jimmy. (CBC)

7/18/14 | 4:49PM: The Blackhawks are still hopeful that they can sign Hayes. (Chris Kuc)

11:37AM: It was reported yesterday that the Rangers are interested in former first round pick and pending college UFA Kevin Hayes.

Hayes had 27 goals and 56 points last season for BC, was a Hobey Baker finalist and a teammate of Chris Kreider’s for two-years.

He could be the Justin Schultz of this summer as he is a playmaking power forward and three logical choices for Hayes, if he becomes a free agent are (The Hockey News issue with Aaron Eklbad on the cover):

  • Calgary because his linemates at BC, Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold, are with the Flames
  • Florida because his older brother Jimmy was traded from Chicago to the Panthers
  • Boston because he is from the area.

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 Blackhawks could trade Hayes’ negotiating rights or if he becomes a free agent, they would get the 54th pick in the 2015 draft. (SI)

Other teams that could have interest are Montreal, Colorado, Minnesota and San Jose. (SI)

Chicago holds his rights until August 15th.




10 comments
Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

I'm sure the rangers will try but stempniak likely is on that 3rd line wing we thought Hayes would be good for. Regardless they try and sign him of course

sithlord
sithlord

You mean the Boston Bruins that are currently over the cap with an almost full roster while still needing to sign Krug? Good luck with that....

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

I hear he would much rather play on the east coast which could be the reason for the fallout with the Chicago. Other factors could be the Hawks trading his brother and or other prospects ahead of him in the food chain. Whatever it may be, Hawks fans on the HF boards are saying the Hayes' situation is so strained he is getting into spats with Hawks fans on twitter. I would say Florida has a good chance because of his aforementioned brother and the roster spot availability. However, the Panthers aren't an east coast team--just a team in the eastern conference. The major threat to land him is Boston where he is from--but their roster is already overhauled. Maybe there is a chance he could sign with the Rangers. He has familiarity with Kreider from their days at BC, there are roster spot or two to be had and the team is located in the east coast not far from his home state of Boston. However, I doubt it works in the team's favor given the their luck a few years in the Shultz stakes.

Paul Freeman
Paul Freeman

Would fit great on a line with Zucc and Brass

ed_zachary
ed_zachary

@charlie duck sauce Sunrise, FL isn't close enough to the east coast?  The Panther's stadium is less than 15 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

jqstave
jqstave

@charlie duck sauce Home state of Boston?


Anyway, I'm not sure luck has anything to do with it. My guess is he wants to go to a team where he can play. Rangers might be able to offer that to him, but FL with his brother seems more likely if he doesn't sign with CHI.

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@Billy Suede @charlie duck sauce @jqstave Exactly but people with good receptors would have seen the sarcasm in my last statement and possibly would've understood that maybe when I said home state of Boston in my original that it was a typo. But nawww I doubt that.