Apr 26, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates with teammates after scoring goal during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Bruins pursue Kevin Hayes?

Earlier in the offseason, the Boston Bruins lost right-wing Jarome Iginla to free-agency, and they still have yet to fill the void.

It’s been a very quiet offseason for the Bruins, however they are in a rough situation, standing above the cap space limit by $809,143. And they still have yet to sign three players, Matt Fraser, as well as Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, who are due for a pay-raise.

It would be tough for the Bruins to make any additional signings due to their position with the cap, however there is one player who should be considered to add to the roster, and his name is Kevin Hayes.

Kevin Hayes is a 22-year old forward who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 24th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. Hayes has been playing for the Boston College Eagles since 2010, where he has managed to put up 134 points in 141 games.

Hayes was also born and raised in Boston and has most likely grown up cheering for the Bruins.  

Hayes is a right-wing. The Bruins need a right-wing. All seems perfect, right? Well, maybe not.

The Bruins have to unload some cap space in order to sign both Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, so is it worth signing another player considering there’s very limited money to spend?

In addition to that, Bruins’ general manager Peter Chiarelli said earlier in the offseason that they’re looking within the organization to fill the voids. This gives notable players like Ryan Spooner, Seth Griffith, and potentially Matt Fraser a chance to play in the NHL.

At the end of the day, Hayes is a solid player and won’t have trouble finding a team to sign with. If the Boston Bruins sign him, he’ll add some depth and character to the team. And if the Bruins don’t sign him, it’s not a big deal. The Bruins have a bundle of rookies to depend on.

Prediction: Bruins don’t sign Kevin Hayes. 

It’s not that I don’t think the Bruins should sign Kevin Hayes, however there are more important things to deal with right now and the Bruins realize that. Peter Chiarelli’s top priority is signing Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. And as I said above, Chiarelli has no problem using the rookies in Providence to fill the voids, therefore Chiarelli has no sense of urgency to sign Hayes.







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