Another BC Eagle? Maybe?
Kevin Hayes just graduated from Boston College this year, but he was selected as the 24th player overall in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, why would this interest the New York Rangers or their fans?
Well first of all, he has not signed with the Blackhawks yet. The deadline for that is August 15th. If Hayes does not sign with Chicago, he then becomes a Free Agent, and a very valuable one, at that.
The Florida Panthers are on his radar because his brother Jimmy is in their organization. The Pittsburgh Penguins are also in the race because his cousin Tom Fitzgerald is in their organization.
But, our Rangers have an outside chance in all of this because of the BC Eagle connection. Chris Kreider, all 6 foot 3, 220 pounds of him, who has speed equivalent to a shot out of a cannon, along with a great shot, was Hayes’ line mate at Boston College. They won an NCAA Championship back in 2012, and probably still stay in touch.
This is the edge. The Rangers cannot speak to Hayes, for that would be considered tampering, but Kreider can. If you do not think his brother and cousin are not already chirping in his ear, boy, you do not know human nature.
So, let us hope for these two things as Ranger fans. One: Kevin Hayes does not sign with the Blackhawks. Two: Chris Kreider can convince him to sign with the Rangers.
This would give us another tall, solidly built power forward with good hands, good speed and a good shot. There is always room for one more of those at Madison Square Garden.
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