According to ESPNChicago, forward Kevin Hayes will not attend the upcoming Blackhawks’ prospect camp. The Blackhawks have until August 15 to sign him or he becomes an unrestricted free agent; Chicago would receive draft pick compensation if (when) Hayes becomes a free agent.
Pat Brisson, the agent for both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, told The Fourth Period on Tuesday that the Hawks are still negotiating with the two faces of the franchise.
Reports surfaced on Monday evening that there were deals in place with cap hits around $10.8M each for the two Conn Smythe winners.
The Blackhawks have hired Jimmy Waite as their new goaltending coach. He’s a former Hawks goalie and the brother of Stephane Waite, who left the organization after the 2012-13 season.
Jimmy Waite, 45, was selected by the Blackhawks with the eighth overall pick in the 1987 Draft (seven spots in front of Joe Sakic), and bounced around the NHL with three stops in Chicago before playing in Europe from 2001-2010.
The competition for ice time as a defenseman at any level of the Chicago Blackhawks organization will be fierce when the 2014-15 season begins.
On Wednesday, the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year deal with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey.
The Central Division, arguably the best in the NHL last season, made some of the more notable moves as free agency opened on Tuesday. With two more big-name centers being added to the group, and another changing teams within the division, there is no question that the Central is now home of the deepest group in the league.
Darren Dreger was the first to report the Chicago Blackhawks have signed veteran center Brad Richards to a one-year, $2M deal.