Hawks, Hayes Unable To Reach Contract Agreement
Saturday Aug 16, 2014 12:00am
(CHICAGO) - Kevin Hayes, the Chicago Blackhawks' first-round draft pick in 2010, became an unrestricted free agent after he and the team were unable to agree on a contract prior to the league's 5 p.m. ET deadline Friday. Hayes, a 22 year old forward, was selected by the Blackhawks as the No. 24 pick of the 2010 draft, and the team held his exclusive rights until Friday. He had been eligible to sign with the Blackhawks since completing his senior season at Boston College in April. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the NCAA's top player, and finished second in the nation with 65 points last season. The Blackhawks will be compensated with the No. 24 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NHL draft because they did extend an entry-level contract to Hayes. Hayes' agent, Robert Murray, would not disclose Friday why the player decided to become a free agent. Hayes is the younger brother of Florida forward Jimmy Hayes, who was traded by the Blackhawks to the Panthers in November. Jimmy Hayes recently signed a one-year contract with the Panthers.