Why Are The Rangers Targeting Chicago Blackhawks’ Kevin Hayes

 

Kevin Hayes BC (Getty Images)

Kevin Hayes BC (Getty Images)

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers are closely watching the negotiations of Kevin Hayes with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 22-year-old from Boston College is a Blackhawks’ 1st round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft. If the two sides can’t come to a deal he will be available to all on August 16th. 

So why are the Rangers interested? First off he is a former line mate of current Ranger, Chris Kreider. Being 6’3″ with gifted hands doesn’t hurt either.

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Hayes was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award (NCAA MVP), posting 27 goals and 65 points for BC. According to Larry Brooks, he is eligible/required to sign a two-year Entry Level deal regardless of whether he signs with Chicago or becomes a free agent. Brooks also feels that Hayes would have a shot to make the Rangers as a third or 4th liner.

Our thoughts are simple; size, speed and hands don’t grow on trees. Should Kreider’s former line mate become available, the Rangers need to grab him. Don’t think so? Check out this goal about 1 minute into the video.

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Like we said, no-brainer.

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