The Blackhawks released the following statement regarding forward Kevin Hayes on Friday afternoon:
“We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract. Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent. We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month.”
The Blackhawks will receive the 54th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft as compensation.