Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Hayes and the Chicago Blackhawks decided to part ways after not reaching an agreement before the league’s deadline, making the 22-year-old an unrestricted free agent.
As compensation, the Blackhawks will receive the 24th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
The team selected Hayes in the first-round of the 2010 NHL Draft and had exclusive rights until Friday.
He was eligible to sign with the team finishing his senior season for Boston College, according to ESPN.
Hayes had 27 goals and 38 assists as a senior and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday, “We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract.”
Hayes’ decision was unfortunate for the team but they are looking forward to the compensatory pick and training camp next month, according to Bowman.
Robert Murray, Hayes’ agent, did not share any information about the free-agency decision.
“I’d rather not get into it at this point. I’m just going to let it as is and move ahead.”
Murray also stated that it is a hard decision for Hayes after considering himself a Blackhawk.
Earlier this year, Hayes shared with ESPN he was “pretty sure” he would sign with the Blackhawks.
But Murray said April that Hayes was not rushing and will consider a number of factors before his decision.