Heading into the weekend, there are a couple minor updates to Blackhawks news items.
On Friday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun quoted Pat Brisson, agent for both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Brisson indicated that he has spoken with the Hawks about the two superstars.
“I have spoken with Stan a few times already, we’ve obviously talked about extending both players,” Brisson told ESPN.com Friday. “We’re working to get something done by July 1, if possible.”
Regarding 2010 first round pick Kevin Hayes, two Chicago outlets are reporting the Hawks maintain hopes of signing the young forward.
On May 28, ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers reported that Hayes’ agent was waiting until after the Hawks’ season to negotiate with the Hawks. Robert Murray, Hayes’ agent, told Powers that Hayes had not yet decided whether or not he would sign with the Blackhawks.
Fast forward to Friday, and CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers echoed what Powers reported a week earlier. Myers’ report included the following quote from Bowman:
“We said since the day [Hayes] finished school – we’ve been talking to him all year and all four years of college – we want to sign him,” Bowman said. “I think he just wanted to take his time and decide what’s best for him.”
The Blackhawks hold Hayes’ rights until August, and could trade his rights at the draft if he decides not to sign.