Kevin Hayes has been on the free-market for only a few days, and it sounds as if he’s already made a decision as to what team he’ll be signing with.
After weeks of anticipation, reports suggest that Kevin Hayes is signing with the New York Rangers.
Word’s out: Kevin Hayes agrees to deal with Rangers. Location was important. MSG’s an easy trip for #bigdaddy
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) August 20, 2014
There were a handful of teams “in the mix” for Kevin Hayes, those being the Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, and Colorado Avalanche.
It seemed appropriate that Hayes would sign with the Bruins, considering Hayes was born and raised in Boston and was playing hockey for Boston College. However not every athlete pulls a Lebron James and plays for their home-town.
Hayes is obviously a huge score for the Rangers. Signing a young first-round draft pick is always a good move, but it’s even better considering that Hayes has been tearing it up at the college level lately. He has managed to put up 134 points in 141 games.
This is also a great signing for the Rangers as they gave away a first round pick in a blockbuster trade which sent Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Martin St. Louis. Hayes makes up for the loss of that pick.
I think this was an all-around great deal. Kevin Hayes could’ve signed with a team like the Boston Bruins, however at the end of the day, the Bruins don’t necessarily need him, and it’s important that Hayes gets the ice-time he deserves. The Rangers are likely to find a good spot for Hayes.