According to SI.com, the Chicago Blackhawks will NOT be offering FA Kevin Hayes a contract. EVERYONE GET YOUR CHECKBOOKS OUT OMG HURRY UP THE BIDDING WAR IS ALREADY ON LET’S GO LET’S GO LET’S GO.
Okay, so maybe it’s not that dramatic. The forward, who becomes an unrestricted free agent after today- August 15th- is no Nathan MacKinnon. He did contribute 28 goals and 39 assists last season in 39 games with Boston College, though. He also made the All-Hockey East First team last year. Oh, and did I mention that the winger already has a brother playing in the NHL? Older sib Jimmy Hayes contributed 11 goals and 7 assists last season with the Florida Panthers, playing on the team’s right wing.
The younger Hayes was selected 24th overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Incidentally, the team had already added Jimmy to their roster that very season, when he was sent to Chicago as a part of a trade with Toronto for the 43rd overall selection in Kevin’s draft class.
What do you think, Coyotes fans? Should the team make a bid for the now-unrestricted free agent? He could supplement the team’s need for scoring ability on the wing- his steadily improving stats during his tenure with Boston College suggest that he could continue to get better for the team as his contract wears on, and his numbers suggest that he would make a good addition to the team’s scoring-by-committee play model.