The Kevin Hayes saga has finally come to an end as the once highly touted Chicago Blackhawks prospect has signed with the New York Rangers.
Word’s out: Kevin Hayes agrees to deal with Rangers. Location was important. MSG’s an easy trip for #bigdaddy
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) August 20, 2014
If you remember Hayes was drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round of the 2010 entry draft. He then elected to play out his eligibility at Boston College where Hayes thrived as a big bodied winger.
When Hayes’ time in college came to an end the big forward decided it was in his best interest not to sign with the Blackhawks who had the right to him and become a UFA. Most likely Hayes saw how long it takes prospects in the Blackhawks system to crack into the NHL behind the elite talent in Chicago and wanted to go to a team where he’ll have a chance to play sooner rather than later. New York is definitely that place.
Though a UFA, Hayes is still beholden to the NHL’s entry-level system and could only be signed to the maximum under those guidelines which includes a bonus-laden contract with a base salary of $925,000 per season at the NHL level.
Blackhawks fans should feel no animosity towards Hayes as he moved on to do what he felt was best for his career.