Official: Blackhawks Say Good Bye To Kevin Hayes

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.

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9 Responses to Official: Blackhawks Say Good Bye To Kevin Hayes

  1. Martin says:

    Oh Crap! Buh bye Kevin Hayes…

  2. EbonyRaptor says:

    Thank goodness this day has finally arrived. I’m about gagged on the name Kevin Hayes. If I never hear his name again it will be too soon.

  3. Craig nigrelli says:

    I’m with you ebony. Hayes had a great senior year for sure. But the NCAA is a long way from the NHL, case in point hobey baker winner Drew Leblanc. In my mind, if Matt Carey turns out to be a better player than Hayes, then it’s a trade off. We shall see.

    The hawks should walk away from the 2015 draft with 3 really solid prospects in the top 60, and perhaps more if they make salary cap necessitated deals both this September and at the draft in 2015 .

  4. Reg Dunlop says:

    Nigrelli, I am with you. The jump from college, juniors or minor league hockey to the pro game isn’t a mile, it’s 1000 miles. The trouble is that these kids listen to the wrong people and think that they are larger than the game itself. You’ll see Kevin Hayes playing in a men’s league near you!!

  5. Al Diablo says:

    Says everything you need to know about this kid that he’d rather go to a losing team where he’d play instead of a proven winner where he’d have to earn a spot. Me, me, me.

  6. Sr. Brad says:

    Hayes didn’t sign because he felt he couldn’t make our team within a season, that says it all…and ultimately, we don’t need Kevin Hayes right now, so getting the #54 pick next year will suffice. Hayes would not be a top 6 player on the Hawks for at least the next 4 years if ever…

    Hit the road jack…

  7. RyanDale says:

    and don’t ya come back….

    If he ends up being a perennial All Star I still wouldn’t give a rat’s
    about where he plays. 54 is fine, move along.

    ER i wondered if i might see you in here, ha. I think this is my first post on the subject because i would just defer to what you had said more than once. the end

  8. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    I will be very curious to watch Kevin Hayes NHL game. Is he a top 6 forward? Or is he just a bottom 6 guy? Can he even play NHL hockey? Honestly I have no idea.

    What I know is his character is questionable. I also know despite every excuse and reason a 1st rounder is leaving the Hawks for NOTHING and that sucks! But im glad I dont have to hear about Hayes the Hawks prospect any longer.

  9. Just a Fan says:

    SSHN – I wouldn’t call it NOTHING. With the depth of the 2015 draft, #54 could end up being a diamond in few years.

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