The Boston Bruins are interested in free agent forward Kevin Hayes, according to multiple sources across the NHL landscape. Boston is said to be in the mix to acquire the former Boston College Eagles standout. Hayes and the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to reach a contract agreement, and now he’s a hot commodity on the open market. Many teams are eye-balling him.
Hayes was a first round pick of Chicago back in 2010 after finishing off a successful career with the Eagles. The Blackhawks were unable to sign him over the weekend and he became an amateur free agent as a result. They’ll recieve a 2015 second round draft pick as compensation for failing to sign Hayes.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Hayes is looking to join a club where he can play and contribute on a nightly basis. Chicago’s roster is loaded with prolific talent. Hayes would have struggled to crack the starting roster. In regards to the Bruins though, vacancies exist following the departure of Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton.
Hayes dominated last season on Chestnut Hill. The Dorchester native scored 28 goals and had 39 assists in 40 games. He has a reputation for packing prolific shot. He is a solid two-way player who effectively chips in on the power play.
His brother Jimmy Hayes plays for the Florida Panthers. Keith Tkachuk, Hayes’ cousin, endured a very succesful career in the NHL. Kevin comes from a rich hockey bloodline and would certainly be a nice addition to the Bruins roster. His former BC linemates Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold play for the Calgary Flames.
Along with the Bruins, the Flames and Panthers are said to be in on the 22-year-old, according to prohockeytalk.com. No matter where Hayes ends up, he’ll have some sort of special connection.